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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Leuprolide Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(loo PROE lide)

U.S. Brand Names

Eligard®; Lupron Depot-Ped®; Lupron Depot®; Lupron®

Canadian Brand Names

Eligard®; Lupron®; Lupron® Depot®

Mexican Brand Names

Lorelin; Lucrin Depot; Prelar Depot

Pharmacologic Category

Antineoplastic Agent, Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Agonist; Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Agonist

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to leuprolide or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

How does it work?

• Leuprolide slows prostate cancer growth by lowering testosterone levels.

• It decreases estrogen levels in females.

• It decreases testosterone levels in males.

• It prevents the eggs from being released too early. This gives the eggs more time to grow.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin or a muscle.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for instructions.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Bone density test.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

Eligard®, Lupron Depot-Ped®, Lupron Depot®, Viadur®:

• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.


• If given at home, may store unopened vials at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from heat.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:53:48.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:22:24.0

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