Nafarelin is used in women to treat a condition in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows in the wrong place (endometriosis). This medication helps to decrease the abnormal tissue and also the symptoms of endometriosis (such as pelvic pain, painful menstrual cramps, and pain during/after sex).This medication is also used by children to treat a certain type of early puberty (central precocious puberty, gonadotropin-dependent). It helps to slow the bone aging and height growth rate so that both are near normal, and it helps to stop or reverse signs of early puberty (such as breast growth in girls, growth of sexual organs in boys).Nafarelin is similar to a natural hormone made by the body (gonadotropin-releasing hormone-GnRH). It works by decreasing the testosterone hormones in boys and estrogen hormones in women and girls.
How to use
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using nafarelin and each time you get a refill. Follow the illustrated directions for the proper use of this medication. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Follow the instructions for test sprays in the air if you are using a bottle for the first time. A fine mist is a sign that the spray is working properly.
Gently blow your nose before using this drug. For very young children, it may be necessary to clear the nose with a bulb syringe.
Use this medication as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily (about every 12 hours). If you are using more than 1 spray at a time, wait 30 seconds between each spray. Avoid spraying this medication in your eyes. Also, avoid sneezing during or right after using this medication because this may decrease the amount of medication absorbed. Follow the detailed instructions for cleaning the spray tip. It is important to clean the spray tip after each use.
The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
It is very important to continue using this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not skip any doses. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to find out how long each bottle of the nasal spray should last. Do not use the nasal spray bottle longer, even if there is medication left over, because you will not get a full dose. Make sure to get your medication refills a few days early so that you will not run out of your medication.
Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
When you first start this medication, worsening of symptoms may occur (such as increased vaginal bleeding for women treating endometriosis, or vaginal bleeding/period, increase in breast size/pubic hair, oily skin, or body odor for children treating early puberty). These symptoms should get better after the first month of treatment. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse after 2 months of treatment.
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