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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
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.
• 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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