Lupron is related to a naturally occurring hormone called gonadotropin-releasing hormone. Lupron influences the release of the hormones testosterone and estrogen in the body.
Lupron is used to reduce the amount of testosterone or estrogen in the body. It is used for conditions such as endometriosis & uterine fibroids.
Important Information about Lupron
Lupron can be administered as an intramuscular injection (into muscle), a subcutaneous injection (under the skin), as a depot injection (a shot given periodically at a doctor's office), or as an implant.
Your healthcare provider will administer the depot injection or place the implant under the skin. If you are injecting Lupron at home, your doctor or nurse will give you detailed instructions on how and where to inject the medication. Do not administer an injection if you are unsure how to properly do so, how much to inject, or how often to inject the medication.
Possible Side Effects of Lupron
Additional Considerations with Lupron
- Difficulty Urinating
- Bone Pain
- Numbness, Tingling, or Weakness in the Legs or Arms.
- Hot Flashes or Sweating
- Decreased Libido
- Lack of Energy
- Breast Enlargement
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Redness, Burning, Itching, or Swelling at the injection site.
Any woman using lupron who experiences menstrual bleeding during use should contact her healthcare provider.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your health care provider about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop using Lupron and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
an allergic reaction, difficulty breathing, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face or hives.
Cautions to Discuss With Healthcare Provider
Some forms of Lupron injection contain the preservative benzyl alcohol. Do not use Lupron without first talking to your doctor if you have an allergy to benzyl alcohol.
Before using Lupron, tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions. You may not be able to use Lupron, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring.
Lupron is known to cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not use this medication if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether Lupron passes into breast milk. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Alternative Treatment for Endometriosis or Uterine Fibroids
Bioidentical progesterone is a healthy alternative with no side effects. Holistic health care providers have used progesterone as a alternative to Lupron with great results. Women usually have improvement within three months and many women report a difference within on cycle.