Managing Common Side Effects

Side effects are common with hormonal therapies like ELIGARD
Many men experience side effects during hormonal therapy. This section will review information and/or tips for the most common side effects.

This information does not replace the advice of your doctor.
Always talk to your doctor about any side effects or lifestyle changes during your treatment.

Side Effect

Tip for managing

Hot flashes

Hot flashes may feel like a sudden rush of warmth in the face, neck, chest, and back. They may last a few seconds to an hour.

Talk to your doctor if you have hot flashes. He or she may be able to recommend something to help.

Fatigue (tiredness)

Fatigue can feel like extreme tiredness, exhaustion, depression, or even having a hard time concentrating. There are many causes of fatigue, including inactivity, poor sleep, and side effects from drugs like ELIGARD.

You can do many easy things to cope with fatigue:

  • Talk to your doctor to determine the cause
  • Get enough rest
  • Don’t push yourself
  • Take short walks and exercise, if possible
  • Eat foods that help with energy
  • Try stress-relieving activities


You may get lightheaded when blood vessels in the brain dilate (expand). Alcohol, excitement, high temperatures, hyperventilation (breathing too fast), and certain medicines can also cause dizziness.

Call your doctor if you feel any of the following, which may be a side effect or possibly something more serious:

  • Faint
  • Giddy
  • Light-headed