Lupron is a drug prescribed for treatment of symptoms of certain types of cancers. It contains a man-made hormone that is used for regulation of many processes in the body. It stimulates hormone production in the human body. Lupron leads to temporary shut down of certain hormone production. It is responsible for reduction of testosterone hormone in men or estrogen hormone in women.

Lupron is synthetic analog of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH or LH-RH). Lupron injection is sterile aqueous solution. It is used for treatment of symptoms of prostate cancer in men. It only treats the symptoms not the disease, thus doctors prescribe another medicine for treatment of the disease. It is also used for treatment of symptoms of endometriosis, which are overgrowth of uterine lining outside of the uterus or uterine fibroids in women. Other use of this drug is to treat precocious or early-onset of puberty in both male and female children.

Patients should tell their doctor about their allergies, medical history and medicines already in use as use of Lupron could worsen certain medical condition and produce side effects by interacting with certain side effects. Patients suffering from epilepsy, asthma, migraines, heart or kidney disease, a history of depression, diabetes, heart disease, bone cancer affecting spine, blood in your urine, osteoporosis or are on steroid or seizure medications long term, should not use this drug.

Patients should take Lupron in dosages suitable to them as it comes in different strengths for men, women and children. It should not be used in pregnancy or while breast-feeding as it may harm the baby by passing into infant’s blood stream through breast milk.

Use of Lupron could cause serious allergic reactions such as hives, breathing problem, swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Other side effects are pain in bone, swelling, sudden weight gain, pain, burning, redness or bruising at the place of injection. Some patients may experience difficulty in urination, frequent urination or passing out feeling.

Some patients may experience vision changes, confusion, weak pulse, slow rate of breathing, nausea, vomiting or fainting spells. Use of this drug could also lead to liver problems including Jaundice. There may be numbness or weakness in legs or feet. Some patients may suffer from loss of bowel or bladder control. It could cause shrinking of the testicles and reduced sexual interest in men. It could also cause decreased sexual desire and breast tenderness or swelling in women. It could also lead to stoppage of or decreased menstrual period in girls.

Another side effect associated with this drug is pain in muscles or joints. Some patients may suffer from weakness or loss of muscles or chronic muscle cramps.

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