In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02049325 ||ZOLADEX 3.6MG INJECTION|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Goserelin is a medication that mimics the actions of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH or LHRH), a hormone that affects the release of sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. Goserelin is used to treat prostate cancer, breast cancer (if it develops before or around the time of menopause), and endometriosis (a painful condition caused by growth of extra tissue inside or outside the uterus). It is also used to help thin the lining of the uterus before surgery on the uterus.
Goserelin works by suppressing the production of testotersone and estrogen.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are receiving this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop receiving this medication without consulting your doctor.
How should I use this medication?
The usual dose of goserelin is 3.6 mg injected under the skin in the abdominal area every 28 days. The injection is usually given by a health care professional.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are receiving the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important this medication be given exactly as recommended by your doctor. If you miss an appointment to receive goserelin, contact your doctor as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.
This medication is stored at room temperature and should be protected from light and moisture.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each depot is supplied as a cylindrical rod containing goserelin acetate equivalent to 3.6 mg of goserelin. Each depot is presented in a sterile ready-to-use syringe with a 16 gauge needle for a single subcutaneous injection. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactide-glycolide copolymer.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Goserelin should not be used by anyone who:
- is allergic to goserelin or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is breast-feeding
- is pregnant
- has undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding