Warnings: You may be allergic to one or more of the ingredients in
Zoladex, so be sure to warn your doctor if you know of any allergies and watch for any warning signs. You should
not take Zoladex while pregnant or if you are planning to become pregnant. It is normal in the first few weeks of
treatment for your condition to worsen slightly or your tumor to grow just a little. While this reaction is normal
within the first few weeks of treatment, if the growth is severe or continues for more than a few weeks, let your
doctor know immediately. There are many side effects associated with Zoladex, some of which may be very serious, or
even life threatening. Talk about the possible complications with your doctor before you begin
Indication: Zoladex can be used in combination with
radiation therapy and sometimes with other medications in order to treat prostate cancer, or it can also be used on
its own. It can also be used to treat breast cancer and certain
uterine problems in women, or prepare a woman for a surgery involving her uterus.
is a hormonal treatment, and works by mimicking a hormone that occurs naturally in the body. When the levels of
this hormone increase, testosterone will decrease in men and estrogen will decrease in women. This will help to
slow the growth of cancer cells which depend on these hormones to thrive, namely those cancers which start in
the sex organs.
The medication is also used to treat Endometriosis, a
non-cancerous but painful overgrowth in the inner membrane (endometrium) inside or
outside the uterus. Zoladex is also used to thin the lining
of the uterus before surgery of the uterus. In addition, Zoladex is recommended for other medical conditions such
as stopping or reducing production of testosterone and estradiol.
Zoladex is an insert which is placed into the body through an injection. Depending on whether you are taking the
3.6-milligram injections or the 10.8-milligram injections, you will need to have an appointment once every 4 or 12
weeks to have another insert put in. The hormones will be slowly released from the insert and then eventually, over
a period of months to years, the insert itself will be absorbed into the body.
As a hormonal medication, Zoladex will not react with many medications but may change how your medications work.
Some of these include dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, and prednisone, or any medication which may cause bone
loss. Any type of hormonal medication, including birth control, may also become ineffective while you are on
Contraindications: Talk to your doctor about any tobacco or alcohol
use, family history of osteoporosis, diabetes, a compressed spinal cord, urinary obstruction, unusual vaginal
bleeding, or a history of heart or liver disease, as taking Zoladex may cause additional complications, some of
which may be life threatening.
The medication is contraindicated
or should be used with precautions in the following conditions:
(unless under strict medical supervision)
high blood pressure (unless under strict medical supervision)
undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding
female over 50 years (unless under strict medical supervision)
undergone orchiectomy or pulpectomy (removing the testicles or their content)
- if you use contraceptives to avoid pregnancy during treatment, take a no- hormonal
to Zoladex or to one of its constituents.
Mechanism of action (MOA):
The hypothalamus uses LHRH (luteinizing hormone-releasing
) to transmit messages to the hypophysis
(also called pituitary gland), another gland in the brain. Having received the message,
command, by impulsion, to the ovaries in women and testes in men to produce the sex hormones estrogen (female
hormone) and testosterone (male hormone). Some forms of cancer cells need these hormones to survive and multiply.
Zoladex works by stopping the production of these hormones.
Zoladex also affects healthy cells that multiply rapidly; this often cause adverse effects in most patients. most
common Zoladex side effects include:
- decreased sexual
- trouble sleeping
nausea or vomiting
pelvic pain (women)
cessation of menstruation (women)
reduced volume of testes (male)
- Swelling and tenderness of the
the side effects above persist for weeks, contact your oncologist. In addition, contact your doctor if you
experience any of these symptoms:
increased amount of body hair
Zoladex can cause infertility in men and
1 - FDA Approval for Zoladex
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