Lupron Depot is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of symptoms of prostate cancer in men, symptoms of endometriosis or uterine fibroids in women, and central precocious (early onset) puberty or CPP in children. It is a manmade form of GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone), which is a naturally occurring hormone. This hormone helps in controlling the production of sex hormones in the body. It also reduces the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer.
Endometriosis in women is a condition in which the lining or endometrium inside the uterus starts growing in other parts of the body like ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel and bladder. These fibroids also cause heavy bleeding and pain. Lupron Depot helps in reducing the pain and inhibiting such growths. The medicine is used before fibroid surgery to reduce heavy bleeding and improve anemic condition that it may cause.
CPP can bring about physical changes in children before they reach puberty. In the girls below the age of 8 and boys below the age of 9 may start developing sexual maturity. The symptoms include breast growth, menstruation, voice change and hair growth. Lupron-depot reduces the level of testosterone in boys and estrogen in girls which helps delay the onset of puberty.
The generic name of the drug is leuprolide and it is available in suspension form. Lupron Depot is available in one-month, three-month and four-month packs. It can be injected under the skin or in the muscle. It can also be used as a once a year implantable device that is implanted under the skin.
Women suffering from endometriosis buy Lupron Depot as a resort to avoid hysterectomy. It relieves the painful symptoms and brings relief so that surgery can be avoided. The drug also suppresses estrogen and is used to treat diseases that occur due to an increased level of estrogen in the body.
Testosterone in men and estrogen in women are two very important hormones and an imbalance in these hormone levels can cause several health issues. Lupron Depot is a leutinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist. It works by inhibiting the production of the leutinizing hormone that stimulates the testicles to release testosterone in men and the ovaries to release estrogen in women. Lupron Depot does not work directly on the cancer. Instead, it works by suppressing the hormone production which can be an important factor in prostate cancer. This way it interferes with the cell growth in cancer cells that are dependent on these hormones.
Before you buy Lupron Depot it is important that you inform the doctor if you have urinary tract obstruction, heart disease, angina, high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, anemia, kidney disease, liver disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, vaginal bleeding, high blood pressure, hepatitis. It is not advisable for pregnant women and lactating mothers to take the medicine as it can harm the child. Use birth control methods to ensure that you do not conceive while you are taking Lupron Depot. The drug can cause hot flashes, breast pain, decreased libido, impotence, depression, edema, swelling of breasts, swelling and increased bone pain. However, these side effects go away once the treatment is complete.
The active ingredient in Lupron-depot is