Leuprolide is a custom pharmacy drug, a manufactured hormone that is given to patients for the treatment of prostate cancer, early onset puberty, fibroids, and endometriosis. Leuprolide works within the body to decrease the production of testosterone and estrogen, which in higher levels can lead to the aforementioned diseases and conditions.
Leuprolide is administered as an injectable drug into either the skin (intradermal) or into the muscle (intramuscular). Your doctor may give the injections in her or his office, or in a hospital or clinic setting. If your doctor approves at-home injections, be sure to receive the proper training from her or him, or a trained healthcare provider, detailing the procedure for preparing leuprolide and injecting yourself. If you do not feel confident after training, then you are advised to only receive injections in a healthcare facility provided by a trained healthcare provider. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have questions during your course of treatment with leuprolide. Contact your doctor at once if you have any problems related to your usage.
Side effects may occur while using this drug. Keep alert and be sure to notice any side effects. Seek medical attention or see your doctor right away if any side effect lingers or gets worse. Some of the more commonly experienced side effects are listed below.
NOTE: If any side effect experienced feels severe, seek emergency medical help at once.
All patients considering the use of leuprolide should first consult with their doctor before beginning use of this potent drug.
Ask your doctor about possible contraindications as there are many diseases, conditions, situations, and other that make the use of leuprolide inadvisable.
Leuprolide is contraindicated for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or about to become pregnant, breastfeeding or about to begin breastfeeding.
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