Goserelin treats prostate cancer for men and certain breast cancers or a certain uterine disorder for women. It so thins the lining of the uterus (endometrium) in preparation for a procedure to treat abnormal uterine bleeding.
Goserelin to slows or stops the growth of certain cancer cells and uterine tissue that need hormones to grow and spread. It is similar to a natural hormone made by the body (luteinizing hormone releasing hormone-LHRH) that decreases testosterone hormones in men and estrogen hormones in women.
The 10.8-milligram syringe should not be used in women.
This medication may also be used to stop early puberty in children.
How to use goserelin subcutaneous
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using goserelin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is an implant that slowly releases hormone into your body. It is placed by a health care professional by injection under the skin of the lower abdomen below the navel. The implant itself will be completely absorbed into the body over weeks or months.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
Receive this medication as directed by your doctor. The 3.6-milligram syringe is usually injected every 4 weeks. The 10.8-milligram syringe is usually injected every 12 weeks. Follow the dosing schedule carefully to get the most benefit from the drug. To help you remember, mark your calendar to keep track of when to receive the next dose. Do not stop this medication without your doctor’s approval.
During the first few weeks of treatment, your hormone levels will actually increase before they decrease. This is a normal response by your body to this drug. This effect may result in new symptoms or worsening of symptoms (e.g., pain, tumor size) for the first few weeks.
In women, it is expected that menstrual periods will stop when this medication is used regularly. Tell your doctor promptly if regular periods continue after 2 months of treatment with goserelin.
Usually, this medication will not need to be removed because the implant will be slowly and completely absorbed by your body. However, in the unlikely event that you have serious side effects or other problems, your doctor may remove this medication.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.