Triptorelin is used to treat central precocious puberty. It is a condition in which a child’s physical signs (e.g. breast growth, appearance of underarm or pubic hair, menstruation) of sexual maturity develop at an unusually early age.
Triptorelin injection is given either intramuscularly (into the muscles, usually in the buttocks) or subcutaneously (into the fatty layer under the skin, usually in the abdomen or thighs).
The doctor or nurse will administer the injection for your child.
The dose of this medicine will be decided by the doctor. The doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on your child’s response to the medication.
Ensure that your child keeps all appointments with his/her doctor so that your child does not miss any doses. The doctor also needs to regularly monitor your child’s response to Triptorelin.
If your child misses an appointment or misses an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.
Inform your doctor if your child has the following conditions:
- progressive brain tumours
- history of depression
- with or a history of epilepsy (fits or seizures)
Different brands of Triptorelin are indicated for a specific condition. Do not switch brands unless instructed by your doctor.
If your child is going to have a laboratory test (e.g. test for pituitary gland or gonads), inform the doctor that your child is being treated with this medicine.
Ensure that your child keeps all his/her appointment with the doctor. The doctor needs to monitor your child’s condition and check his/her response to this medicine regularly.
Triptorelin may cause any of the following side effects: headache, stomach discomfort, weight gain, hot flushes, muscle pain, vaginal bleeding or discharge, acne or pimples, and injection site pain, redness or swelling.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your child's doctor quickly if your child experience any of the following:
- rashes, breathlessness, swelling of the face, eyes, mouth or throat
- fits or seizures
- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being too depressed, irritable, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour)
Inform your child’s doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if he/she experience other side effects.
Inform your child’s doctor and pharmacist if your child is taking any of these medicines:
- medicines for irregular heartbeat e.g. quinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone, sotalol
- moxifloxacin (certain antibiotic)
- methadone (strong painkiller)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Triptorelin.
Always notify your child’s doctor and pharmacist if he/she is taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a refrigerator between 2-8°C or in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.
Do not freeze this medicine otherwise it will no longer be effective and should not be used.
Available products of Triptorelin may vary with its storage requirements. Ask the doctor or pharmacist on how to properly store this medicine.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.