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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Buserelin Overview

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Canadian Brand Names

Suprefact®; Suprefact® Depot

Pharmacologic Category

Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Agonist

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to buserelin or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Buserelin slows prostate cancer growth by lowering testosterone levels.

• It decreases hormone levels.

How is it best taken?


• Do not take this medicine by mouth. For the nose only. Keep out of mouth and eyes (may burn).

• Follow directions given by healthcare provider or read the package insert.

Injection (I.V.):

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• This medicine can be given at home.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Use a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not use a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Bone density test.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?


• Store upright at room temperature. Do not freeze.

• Protect from light.

Injection (I.V.):

• Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from heat.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2007-06-15 10:28:39.0

Modified: 2010-03-22 13:17:37.0

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