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(Click Precautions and Warnings With Triptorelin to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)

How Does Triptorelin Work?

Triptorelin is a synthetic (manufactured) version of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), a hormone found naturally in the body. GnRH controls the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) from the pituitary gland (a tiny gland located beneath the brain). LH and FSH stimulate production of testosterone in the testes.
Triptorelin works by overstimulating the pituitary gland so that it stops making LH and FSH. As a result, the testes stop making testosterone. Prostate cancer cells grow in response to testosterone. By reducing levels, triptorelin slows the growth of prostate cancer.
Triptorelin is specially formulated so that the medicine is slowly released into the bloodstream. The monthly injection slowly releases the medicine over a four-week period. The three-month injection slowly releases the medicine over a 12-week period. The six-month injection slowly releases medicine over a 24-week period.
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