How ELIGARD Works

ELIGARD is a prescription drug, given by injection, for the management of advanced prostate cancer. However, there is no known cure for advanced prostate cancer. ELIGARD is a type of hormonal therapy called “luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone” (LHRH) agonist. These types of drugs lower male hormone levels. Specifically, they lower levels of the hormone testosterone.

hew-step-1-grayscaleTestosterone “stimulates” cancer cells

Most of the body’s testosterone is made by the testicles. Testosterone stimulates the growth of prostate cancer cells.

hew-step-2ELIGARD targets a source of production

ELIGARD suppresses testosterone produced by the testicles. This may help slow the growth of prostate cancer.

A temporary rise in testosteronehew-step-3 levels is common

Like all similar drugs, the first injection of ELIGARD makes testosterone levels rise for a short period of time. This rise is called a “flare.”

alertThis may cause a worsening of symptoms or new symptoms during the first few weeks of treatment.

hew-step-4Testosterone reaches suppression level in 3-4 weeks

Testosterone should reach suppression level in 3-4 weeks. Your doctor will monitor you to see if the product is working.

ELIGARD dissolves slowly and consistently over time under your skin.

ELIGARD uses a special delivery system called the ATRIGEL® Delivery System to ensure the controlled release of medicine over time.

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NOTE: You may feel a tiny bump after injection. This will eventually go away (dissolve).

ELIGARD is the only drug of its kind administered under the skin (subcutaneously)

Drugs can be injected either directly into a vein, into muscle (intramuscular), or under the skin (subcutaneous) like ELIGARD. There are many sites on your body where your doctor can administer under your skin. He/she can rotate to different sites with each ELIGARD injection.

Discomfort associated with ELIGARD injections is temporary

The most common side effects related to the injection site are

  • Burning and stinging
  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness

These side effects generally last a short period of time.