Are puberty blockers licensed for use in teenagers?

In transgender care puberty blockers are an unlicensed medication, also known as ‘off-label’, ‘unlicensed’ or ‘off-licence’. Because transgender people are a minority, very few medications are licensed for use in transgender healthcare. When medications are used in accordance with best medical practice, they are safe and effective. Unlicensed, off-licence and off-label refer only to the use of the medication beyond the terms of its licence, and do not refer to improper, illegal, unsafe or experimental use.

For more information about ‘off-label’ medication use, you can refer to the General Medical Council's guidelines. We also have all the latest facts about unlicensed medication on our website.