A healthcare provider may prescribe goserelin acetate implants (Zoladex®) to treat advanced stages of prostate cancer or breast cancer. It can also be used to relieve certain symptoms of various gynecological conditions, such as endometriosis. The implant is surgically placed just under the skin of the abdomen (stomach) and gradually releases a controlled amount of goserelin acetate as it dissolves.
This medicine works by overstimulating the pituitary gland, causing the testes to stop making testosterone and the ovaries to stop making estrogen. Although most people tolerate goserelin acetate implants well, side effects can occur and may include headaches, mood changes, and hot flushes.
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