Class/mechanism: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) receptor antagonist. Reversibly binds to pituitary GnRH receptors, reducing the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulation hormone (FSH), resulting in rapid androgen deprivation/decreased testosterone levels. There is no initial testosterone surge/flare with degarelix, in contrast to GnRH agonists.
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History of changes in FDA indication
- 12/24/2008: FDA approved "for treatment of patients with advanced prostate cancer."
Also known as
- Code name: FE200486
- Generic name: degarelix acetate
- Brand name: Firmagon