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Brand Name

Cetrotide

Common Name
cetrorelix


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02247766 CETROTIDE 0.25 MG/VIAL INJECTION

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Cetrorelix belongs to the class of medications called GnRH antagonists. Cetrorelix is used to prevent premature ovulation in women undergoing ovarian stimulation. It blocks the effects of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). GnRH controls the secretion of another hormone, called luteinizing hormone (LH), a hormone that starts ovulation (release of an egg) during the menstrual cycle. Cetrorelix allows the release of an egg to be controlled so it is released at the best time for pregnancy to occur.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use this medication?

The usual dose of cetrorelix is either 0.25 mg once daily injected under the skin or as a single 3 mg dose injected under the skin. Cetrorelix should be injected under the skin of the lower abdominal wall as directed by your doctor. If you are using cetrorelix daily, use a different injection site each day to reduce irritation.

Many things can affect the dose of 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 taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

This medication is best injected under the skin of the lower abdomen a few inches below your navel. Each day, use the alternate side of your lower abdomen (e.g., left or right) to prevent soreness.

Your doctor or other health care professional will show you exactly how to mix and draw up the medication into the needles and how to inject it. Read the information leaflet carefully and ask your doctor any questions you may have.

Once the dose of medication has been prepared, it should be used immediately. Discard any unused material after use. Do not use your injectable solution if it appears cloudy, lumpy, or discoloured.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor for instructions. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Store this medication in a cool dry place between 2°C and 25°C. Do not freeze. Protect it from heat, moisture, and light and keep it out of the reach of children.

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?

0.25 mg
Each single dose vial (multiple dose regimen) of sterile lyophilized powder contains 0.25 mg of cetrorelix as cetrorelix acetate and 54.80 mg of mannitol. Cartons of one packaged tray. Each packaged tray contains one glass vial containing 0.25 mg of cetrorelix acetate, one prefilled glass syringe with 1 mL of sterile water for injection, Ph.Eur., one 20 gauge needle (yellow), one 27 gauge needle (grey), and two alcohol swabs.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use this medication if you:

  • are allergic to cetrorelix, extrinsic peptide hormones, mannitol, or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) or other GnRH-related hormones (e.g., leuprolide, goserelin)
  • are or may be pregnant
  • are breast-feeding
  • have moderate-to-severe liver function impairment
  • have moderate-to-severe kidney function impairment


 

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