GENERIC NAME: LEUPROLIDE MONTHLY PEDIATRIC - INJECTION (LOO-proe-lide)
BRAND NAME(S): Lupron Depot-Ped
USES: Leuprolide is used to stop early puberty (precocious puberty) in children. It helps to delay sexual development (e.g., growth of the breasts/testicles) and the start of menstrual periods. It also helps slow down the rate of early bone growth so that the chances for reaching normal adult height are increased. Leuprolide works by decreasing the amount of sex hormones that a child's body makes (estrogen in girls, testosterone in boys).OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.Other leuprolide products may also be used to treat prostate cancer in men and disorders of the uterus (e.g., endometriosis, fibroids) in women.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given as an injection into a muscle (intramuscularly), usually once a month by a health care professional or as directed by the doctor. This product slowly releases the medication into your blood over a 1-month period.In children, the dosage is based on weight and response to therapy. The doctor should consider stopping treatment before age 11 for girls and age 12 for boys. Consult the doctor for details.If you are directed to inject this medication yourself, learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. If any of the information is unclear, consult the doctor or pharmacist.Change the location of the injection site each time to avoid problem areas under the skin.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark your calendar to keep track of when to receive the next dose.Inform the doctor if your condition persists or worsens. You should start to see an improvement in symptoms usually in 1-2 months.
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