Generic Name(s): Leuprolide
Drug Class: Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone
Treats: Treating prostate cancer, Endometriosis, Fibroids and Central precocious puberty
Lupron is used to relieve the symptoms of prostate cancer. Lupron reduces the amount of testosterones in men. Lupron treats prostate cancer by destroying testosterones that simulate the production of prostate cancerous cells. Lupron treats Central precocious puberty by delaying the development of sexual organs in children. Lupron is also used to treat endometriosis in women.
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Lupron is used to treat prostate cancer in men, endometriosis and fibroids in women and central precocious puberty in children. Lupron stops the growth of testosterone in males, which relieves prostate symptoms like painful urination. Lupron relieves pain caused by endometriosis and reduces the endometriotic lesions. A Lupron injection is administered together with iron before a surgical operation to remove the fibroids, preventing blood loss from the bleeding. Lupron is used to treat central precocious puberty in children who develop mature sexual organs at the tender age of 8 years by reducing the sex hormones in the child's body. Lupron can also be used to treat ovarian cancer, breast cancer and infertility issues.
- Prostate cancer in men
- Endometriosis in women
- Central precocious puberty in children
The dosage of Lupron depends on the medical condition of the patient.
- One mg of Lupron is injected under the skin once every day.
A Lupron injection can however be administered daily, monthly, or after every three months. The site of injection should be changed each time of the injection to avoid an irritation at the site. The doctor injects Lupron at the hospital. 5 mg of Lupron is administered daily for treating endometriosis. Endometriosis treatment by Lupron should not exceed 6 months. Lupron should be used up to 3 months for treating fibroids. If you miss a dose of Lupron, call your doctor for further instructions.
Lupron Side Effects
Side effects are likely to occur with Lupron to show its effectiveness as the body adjusts to Lupron. Patients react differently to the side effects, some side effects are mild and disappear after the treatment, whereas others are severe and demand medical attention. Side effects are not a cause of alarm, though should they persist or become severe, you should seek immediate medical attention. Lupron causes the following side effects:
- Mood changes
- Back pains
- Vaginal discharge
- Weight gain
- Difficulty in urinating
- Reduced size of testicles
- Reduced sex drive
- Swelling at the injection site
- Loss of body movement
- Chest pains
- Dry cough
- Frequent urination
- Sudden weight gain
Drug interactions can lead to harmful side effects or they can make Lupron not work well. Whether they are prescription, over the counter or supplements, you should inform your doctor of any other medication before getting a Lupron prescription. The following drugs interact with Lupron: