Firmagon Uses

How Does This Medicine Work?

Firmagon works by binding to and blocking GnRH receptors in the pituitary gland (a tiny gland located beneath the brain). Normally, GnRH controls the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which increases the production of testosterone in the testes. By blocking GnRH receptors, Firmagon reduces the production and secretion of LH and FSH, resulting in decreased testosterone levels.
 
Testosterone stimulates the growth of prostate cancer cells. By reducing testosterone levels, Firmagon slows down the growth of prostate cancer.
 
Firmagon is a depot injection. After being injected, the medication forms a small mass, or depot, under the skin. Firmagon is slowly released from this mass into the bloodstream over the course of a month.
 

Can Children Use Firmagon?

Prostate cancer does not occur in children. Therefore, Firmagon is not approved for children and has not been adequately studied in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using this medicine in children.
 

Is It Safe for Older Adults?

The majority of men in Firmagon studies were at least 65 years old. There were no differences in how well the medication worked, or was tolerated, in older versus younger-aged men. Prostate cancer primarily affects older men. Therefore, Firmagon will be primarily used in older men.
 

Off-Label Uses for Firmagon

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than treating advanced prostate cancer. This is known as an "off-label" use. Possible off-label uses of Firmagon include the treatment of infertility in women.
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