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LEUPROLIDE MONTHLY – INJECTION (LOO-proe-lide)
Common Brand Name(s)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lupron Depot
What are the Uses?
Leuprolide (Lupron) is used for treatment of uterine disorders. Leuprolide is usually given with iron to improve anemia related to treatment of fibroids. It can help reduce symptoms such as painful/heavy menstrual periods, pelvic pain, and abdominal bloating. It shrinks the uterine tissue causing these symptoms. Leuprolide helps decrease estrogen production as the uterine tissue needs estrogen to grow and spread.
Are there any Other Uses?
This drug may be prescribed for uses other than listed in the approved professional labeling by your health care professional. This drug may be used for early puberty in children or prostate cancer in men.
How Do I Use this Medication?
Lupron is an injection administered by a health care professional. It is to be given as directed by your doctor, usually once per month. Over a 1-month period the product will slowly release the drug into your blood. For use at home learn preparation and usage directions from your health care professional. Wash hands and then mix medication. Clean injection site with rubbing alcohol before injecting and ensure you change it each time to lessen injury underneath skin. Each dose should be injected within 2 hours of mixing. If more than 2 hours have elapsed throw the product out and mix a new dose. To get the most benefit use the medication regularly. In the first few weeks of treatment your hormone levels will rise before they fall, this is a regular response to this medication. For a few weeks your symptoms may worsen. Tell your doctor if your condition doesn’t get better or worsens. It could take 3 months for the symptoms to improve.
What are the Side Effects may I experience while i am taking Lupron?
If any of the following effects last or worsen tell your doctor: headache, reduced sexual interest, breast changes, vaingal discomfort/dryness, dizziness, mild burning/pain/brusing at injection site, increased sweating, hot flashes, joint/muscle aches, acne, swelling of the ankles/feet, upset stomach, tiredness, trouble sleeping. Your period should stop with regular use of this medication. Your period will return within 3 months after treatment is stopped. If regular periods continue during treatment tell them immediately. Your doctor has chosen to prescribe you this medication as they’ve decided that the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects. Many people who use this medication never experience serious side effects. If you notice any of these serious side effects inform your doctor immediately: new/worsening bone pain, easily broken bones, mood swings, mental/mood changes. If you exhibit any of the very serious side effects get medical help right away: seizures, sudden severe headache, vision changes, severe vomiting, sudden mood/mental changes. A very serious problem with your pituitary gland may occur though this is rare. Rarely an individual will experience allergic reactions to this drug. If you notice any symptoms of serious allergic reaction including: itching/swelling, severe dizziness, rash, trouble breathing. If you notice other side effects contact a medical health professional, this is not an exhaustive list of side effects.
Are there any Precautions I Should Take?
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you’re allergic to leuprolide (Lupron) or anything else before taking it, there may be inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions. Inform your doctor of your medical history before taking this drug especially of: mental/mood problems, seizures, vaginal bleeding of unknown, osteoporosis, or high blood fat levels. It can increase risk of bone loss or weaken your bones if used over a long period of time. If you have any of the risk factors for osteoporosis and broken bones tell your doctor: smoking, family history of osteoporosis, smoking, long term alcohol use, or use of certain medications. This drug could make you dizzy, use of marijuana or alcohol can make you increasingly dizzy. Do not use heavy machinery, drive or do anything requiring alertness until you can do it safely. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby and must not be used during pregnancy. Pregnancy should be avoided when on this medication, consult your doctor to discuss your options. If there is a possibility of pregnancy tell your doctor. As it is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk, you must consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Are there any Drug Interactions?
Drug interactions can affect how your medications work or increase risk for serious side effects. Keep a list of all medicines (prescription and nonprescription) and herbal products you are using and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Tell lab personnel and all of your doctors that you use this medication as it can affect certain lab tests. Do not start or stop this drug without consulting your doctor.
What if I Overdose?
If someone has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing they may have overdosed, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away.
Medical and/or lab tests should be done while you take this medication. Do not share this medication with others.
What If I’ve Missed a Dose
It is important to receive each dose of this medication as scheduled for the most benefit. If you miss a dose talk with your doctor or pharmacist to establish a new schedule.
How Do I Store this Medication?
Store away from moisture and light at room temperature. Do not store it in the bathroom and keep away from children and pets. Once mixed use medication as soon as possible. Contact a pharmacist or local waste disposal company for proper disposal instructions.