Lupron is a hormone therapy. Lupron is classified as an “LHRH agonist.”
What Lupron Depot Is Used For:
- Prostate cancer
- Breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer
- Also used in non-cancerous conditions such as endometriosis, infertility, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).
How Lupron Depot Is Given:
- As an injection under the skin (subcutaneous, SubQ), or into the muscle (intramuscular, IM).
- May be given as a daily, monthly, or every 3 or 4month injection depending on the formulation and condition being treated.
- Also may be given as a once-a-year implantable device (Viadur(tm)).
- There is no pill form of Lupron Depot.
- Your doctor will determine your dose and schedule.
Lupron Side Effects:
The following Lupron side effects are common for patients taking Lupron:
- Hot flashes
- Decreased libido (loss of interest in sex)
- Impotence (inability to obtain or sustain an erection)
These Lupron Depot side effects are less common side effects of patients receiving Lupron Depot:
- Increased bone pain or urinary retention due to disease “flare” during first couple weeks of treatment.
- Breast pain
- Discomfort at injection site
- Blood test abnormalities – increased cholesterol levels
- Swelling of feet or ankles (edema)
- Weakness -general loss of strength
- Swelling of the breasts (gynecomastia)