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Degarelix

Last updated on 13/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Degarelix

CHINESE NAME: 地加瑞克

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Firmagon 輔美康

DRUG CLASS: Antiandrogens, Antineoplastics

SUB CLASS: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists

USED FOR: Treatment of prostate cancer

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 80mg, 120mg (injections)

What is Degarelix for?

Degarelix belongs to a class of medications called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonists, or called luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) antagonists. It works by inhibiting a hormone in the body to stop the growth and spread of prostate cancer cells. It is indicated for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.

How to use it?

Degarelix is administered subcutaneously into the body. The initial dose is 240 mg given as two injections of 120 mg each. Then, after the initial loading dose, inject 80 mg every 28 days.

What are the side effects of Degarelix?

Common side effects of Degarelix include injection site pain and swelling, hot flashes, weight gain, and hypertension.

Who should not take Degarelix?

People who are allergic to Degarelix or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– The injection site is always in the abdominal area, and it will change within the stomach area each time you receive a dose.
– Do not rub or scratch the injection site. Make sure your injection site is free of any pressure from belts, waistbands or other types of clothing.
– This drug may affect fertility. If you plan to get pregnant or father a child, talk with your doctor before taking this drug.

Common dosing schedule:
N/A. 

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Degarelix may interact with:
– Antiarrhythmics, e.g. Amiodarone, Sotalol

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Degarelix in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Degarelix is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Degarelix in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.