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Cetrotide is prescribed to women to avoid premature ovulation especially while controlled ovarian stimulation is occurring. Cetrotide is distributed under the brand name Cetrodine by Merck Serono. It is primarily used to treat patients suffering from hormone-sensitive cancers of the breast and prostate.

It is administered to patients through injection. If you are using the medication at home, you must follow the exact instructions given by your doctor. This includes the proper mixture of the solution and preparation of the medication. Before preparing the medication, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to avoid infections. Inject the medication under the skin ideally in the stomach area. If you have any doubts on what to do, consult your doctor.

The standard dosage is 3mg or 0.25mg once a day. This can be given in a single dosage or in smaller quantities, but must be taken as prescribed by your doctor.

If you have missed a dosage, skip the missed dosage and consult your doctor before continuing with the normal dosage. Never use more than prescribed as it will lead to an overdosage. Overdosage of Cetrotide does not pose any life threatening risk but you need to seek immediate medical attention.

Patients may experience allergic reactions that include tightening of the throat, swelling of the lips or tongue and breathlessness.

Some women have developed Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (OHSS) due to the use of Cetrotide. Some of the known symptoms of OHSS include abdominal pain, swelling, pelvic pain, diarrhoea, nausea and difficulty in breathing.

Some patients may also experience headache and irritation on the skin where the medication was injected. Other side effects may occur which are not listed here. If any unwanted effects occur, inform your doctor immediately.

Cetrotide is a prescribed medication and should not be used by anyone without consulting a doctor. It should not be shared with any person even if the same treatment is needed.

Cetrotide is under the pregnancy category X by the Food and Drug Administration, which means that this medication is not safe for pregnant women because there are cases of birth defects due to the use of Cetrotide. If you are breastfeeding, you must also consult a doctor before taking this medication to avoid any harm to the baby.

Cetrotide should not be used for patients with severe kidney problems. If there is a need to take Cetrotide, you must consult your doctor and weigh the benefits against the risks involved.

Do not use Cetrotide if you have allergies to medications such as Antagon, Naferelin, Zoladex, Lupron and Goserelin.

If you notice any colorization or particles in the medication, avoid using it and inform your doctor. The medication should be stored in a safe place together with all the materials such as syringes and solutions. Make sure to keep it out of children's reach.

Cetrotide has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of cetrotide

• Chemical IUPAC Name is Acetyl-D-3-(2-naphtyl)-alanine- D-4-chlorophenylalanine-D-3-(3-pyridyl)- alanine-L-serine-L-tyrosine-D-citruline-L- leucine-L-arginine-L-proline-D- alanine-amide
• Molecular weight is 1431.06 g/mol
Cetrotide available : injection 0.25mg and 3mg

Generic name: Cetrorelix

Brand name(s): Cetrorelixum, Pyrisept

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