Leuprolide Generic Name:
Leuprolide (loo-PROE-lide)Brand Name:
Leuprolide is used for:
Treating symptoms of advanced prostate cancer. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Leuprolide is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist. It works by decreasing levels of certain hormones produced by the testes and ovaries. It prevents the growth of certain tumors that need these hormones to grow.
Do NOT use Leuprolide if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Leuprolide
- you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Leuprolide :
Some medical conditions may interact with Leuprolide . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines or other substances
- if you have bone problems, urinary problems (eg, blockage of the bladder or ureters), spinal cord problems, or abnormal growths on or near the spinal cord
- if you have vaginal bleeding
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Leuprolide . However, no specific interactions with Leuprolide are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if Leuprolide may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Leuprolide :
Use Leuprolide as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Leuprolide . Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Leuprolide is usually administered every month (4 weeks) as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using Leuprolide at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
- If you miss a dose of Leuprolide , contact your doctor immediately.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Leuprolide .
Important safety information:
- Worsening of symptoms may occur during the first few weeks of treatment. Notify your doctor if any new or worsened symptoms occur.
- Leuprolide may interfere with certain lab tests, including certain pituitary gland function tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Leuprolide .
- Lab tests, including blood testosterone levels, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and bone density tests, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Leuprolide should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Use of Leuprolide during pregnancy has resulted in fetal and newborn death. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. It is unknown if Leuprolide is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Leuprolide .
Possible side effects of Leuprolide :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Breast tenderness; constipation; decreased sex drive; difficulty sleeping; hot flashes/sweating; impotence; infection (fever, chills, sore throat); nausea or vomiting; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in the urine; chest pain; dizziness or lightheadedness; fast or irregular heartbeat; increase in bone pain; muscle weakness; paralysis; severe drowsiness; severe headache; shortness of breath; trouble urinating or inability to urinate; unusual or one-sided numbness or weakness; vision changes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Leuprolide :
Store Leuprolide at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Leuprolide out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Leuprolide , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Leuprolide is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Leuprolide . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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