Lupron side effects
Lupron side effects :
a look at Purpose, Interactions and Warnings
Lupron (Leuprolide) is used to treat:
- Prostate cancer in men
- Endometriosis in women
- Early onset of puberty in children
- Uterine fibroids in women
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.
Lupron side effects and interactions
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working
properly and to check for Lupron side effects.
For patients receiving leuprolide for endometriosis or for anemia caused by tumors of the uterus :
During the time you are receiving leuprolide, your menstrual period may not be regular or you may not have a menstrual period at all. This is to be expected when being treated with this medicine. If regular menstruation does not begin within 60 to 90 days after you stop receiving this medicine, check with your doctor. During the time you are receiving leuprolide, you should use birth control methods that do not contain hormones. If you have any questions about this, check with your health care professional. If you suspect you may have become pregnant, stop using this medicine and check with your doctor. There is a chance that continued use of leuprolide during pregnancy could cause birth defects or a miscarriage.
Observed Lupron side effects
Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Lupron side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur,
if they do occur they may need medical attention.
If you are an adult male get emergency help immediately if any of the following Lupron side effects occur:
Less Commonly Observed
Fast or irregular heartbeat
Bone, muscle, or joint pain; fainting ; fast or irregular breathing; numbness or tingling of hands or feet; puffiness or
swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes; shortness of breath; skin rash, hives, and/or itching; sudden, severe decrease in blood pressure and collapse; tightness in chest or wheezing; troubled breathing; Pains in chest; pain in groin or legs (especially in calves of legs).
If you are an adult female get emergency help immediately if any of the following Lupron side effects occur:
Fast or irregular heartbeat; Bone, muscle, or joint pain; fainting ; fast or irregular breathing; numbness or tingling of hands or feet; puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes; shortness of breath; skin rash, hives, and/or
itching; sudden, severe decrease in blood pressure and collapse; tightness in chest or wheezing; troubled breathing; Anxiety; deepening of voice; increased hair growth; mental depression ; mood changes; nervousness.
For a children get emergency help immediately if any of the following Lupron side effects occur:
Body pain; burning, itching, redness, or swelling at place of injection; skin rash; Vaginal bleeding (continuing); white
vaginal discharge (continuing).
Other Lupron side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during
treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:
More Commonly Observed
Sudden sweating and feelings of warmth (also called hot flashes); Light, irregular vaginal bleeding; stopping of menstrual
Less Commonly Observed
Blurred vision; bleeding, bruising, burning, itching, pain, redness, or swelling at place of injection; decreased interest in sexual intercourse; dizziness; headache; nausea or vomiting; swelling of feet or lower legs; swelling or increased tenderness of breasts; trouble in sleeping; weight gain; Burning, dryness, or itching of vagina; pelvic pain; Bone pain; constipation; decreased size of testicles; inability to have or keep an erection.
Other Lupron side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your
Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia
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