Trelstar is prescribed for the treatment of endometriosis. Endometriosis is a disease in which there is abnormal tissue growth in the abdomen and other place of the body. It can be treated with pain medications, hormones and surgery. Trelstar works like a hormone and reduces the levels of estrogen in the body. A reduction in the levels of estrogen may help to reduce the pain and other symptoms of endometriosis. The duration of treatment is up to 6 months. Once the treatment is stopped, the levels of estrogen will return to normal. Even though the treatment is stopped after 6 months, you will still benefit from the treatment for many months afterwards. Your doctor will administer one injection of Trelstar, containing 3.75 mg triptorelin, into your muscle on a specified day, generally once every 28 days, for a period of 6 months.
Trelstar is manufactured by Allergan and comes from Canada. The active ingredient in Trelstar is Triptorelin Pamoate. Trelstar is available as a sterile powder stored in a vial. The powder will be mixed by your doctor with sterile water to make a suspension before injecting it into your muscle. The active ingredient contained in the microgranules will slowly be released from the injection site. Trelstar contains 3.75 mg of triptorelin (as pamoate).
Stop taking Trelstar and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• No menstrual periods
• Depression, emotional changes, irritability
• Ankle swelling
• Infection of bladder and kidneys
Less serious side effects include tiredness, vomiting, nausea, viral infection, pain, dizziness, hot flushes, reduction in sex drive, headaches, emotional changes, acne, reduction in breast size and vaginal dryness, local skin reaction at the injection site, such as itching, redness, burning and swelling. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Since Trelstar may cause dizziness, you should know how this medication affects you, before driving a vehicle or operating machinery. Do not take Trelstar if you are allergic to triptorelin, or to drugs called as LHRH agonists or any ingredients in the vial, are or may become pregnant, are breastfeeding, have abnormal vaginal bleeding that has not been checked by your doctor, are a woman under 18 years of age. Although, no formal drug interaction studies have been conducted with Trelstar, you should always tell your health care professional about any medications that you have been taking or are going to take including prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins and herbal supplements.
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