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About your treatment
Your doctor has ordered the drug leuprolide to help treat your illness. The drug can be injected into a muscle or under the skin once a month or every 3 months. It also can be injected daily under the skin. The long-acting form of leuprolide (given once a month or every 3 months) is slowly released into the bloodstream during that period.
This medication is used to treat:
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Leuprolide is in a class of drugs known as gonadotropin-releasing (LH-RH) hormone analogs. It stops the production of testosterone in men and estrogen in females. Blocking the production of these hormones is desirable because they stimulate the growth of the diseased cells involved in prostate cancer and endometriosis. When the medication is stopped, these hormone levels return to normal.
Before taking leuprolide,
Although side effects from leuprolide are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Keep leuprolide in the container it came in and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from direct sunlight, excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Do not allow leuprolide to freeze. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT