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Zoladex has the generic name of goserelin.  It is an injectable. It is mainly used to treat prostate cancer for men and some types of breast cancers or some disorder of the uterus among women. Women are also prescribed this medicine to help thin the uterus lining to prepare for a medical procedure that can treat abnormal bleeding of the uterine. It is best to consult the physician regarding its benefits and risks of the treatment process.

The medicine is pretty much like LHRH or luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone which is a natural hormone released in the body. The drug works in men by decreasing the testosterone hormones while in women, it lowers the estrogen levels. The effect can help to impede or fully stop the growth of some types of cancer cells and the uterine tissue that requires these hormones to rapidly spread and grow.

Side effects

Some of the common side effects of the drug include a headache, trouble sleeping, dizziness, flushing, vaginal dryness, lack of sexual interest or loss of hair. Considering the method of use through injection, there might be a pain in the injection site. Should any of these above-mentioned feel worse, it is best to contact the doctor.

In rare instances, the drug may also increase the blood sugar level hence it can make diabetes worse. Thus, it is best to notify the doctor about any high blood sugar symptoms like frequent urination or thirst.

Precautions

Any allergies to the ingredients of the drug need to check before use. The pharmacist knows all its active and inactive ingredients.

It is advisable to notify the doctor about the current medical history particularly regarding long alcohol usage, abnormal bleeding of the vaginal area, diabetes, heart conditions, family or personal history of bone loss, high cholesterol, spinal cord issues and urinary blockage in men.

 

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  1. January 21, 2018

    Goserelin is also known by its brand name Zoladex. It is a type of hormone therapy called a luteinising hormone (LH) blocker. This means that it stops the release of luteinising hormone from the pituitary gland.

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