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Medications Lexicon

OCPHYL, 500MCG/ML, INJECTABLE

Common uses

This medication is typically used for acromegaly. It may also have other uses. Its effects can be noticed within a few hours.

How to use this medication

This product must be injected under the skin (subcutaneously). Do not shake the container before use. To use:

  • if in an ampoule, break off the tip; if in a vial, clean the top with alcohol;
  • measure the prescribed dose carefully with a syringe;
  • clean the skin at the injection site with an alcohol swab;
  • pinch the skin and inject the medication into the fold
Wait at least one week before injecting the same site again.

This medication is typically used twice a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Take it regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects.

Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed. Dispose of used syringes and needles safely. Your pharmacist can tell you the best way to do this.

Possible side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause anemia (low red blood cells);
  • it may cause headaches;
  • it may cause diarrhea;
  • it may cause stomach ache;
  • it may cause gas and bloating;
  • it may cause flu-like symptoms.
Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage information

Keep this product in the refrigerator and do not allow it to freeze. Keep it out of reach of young children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

Additional information

A treatment with this medication requires regular monitoring by a doctor. Be sure to see your doctor for all regularly scheduled appointments.

General information

It is important to tell the health professionals you consult:

  • if you have a history of any other medical condition, whether you smoke and for women, if you are or want to become pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • if you have allergies to any medications or any other allergies (e.g. to food, latex, etc.);
  • all medications you are taking, prescription and non-prescription, including vitamins and natural products and supplements.

This document contains useful information for those taking this medication. It is not intended, in any way, to replace the advice of a trained health professional. For more information, consult the manufacturer's literature, where you will find additional information about uncommon side effects as well as contraindications associated with this product.

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