PRESCRIBED FOR: Leuprolide is used for the treatment of advanced prostatic cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, and central precocious puberty.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of leuprolide are:
- aches and pain,
- hot flashes,
- chest pain, and
- irritation at the injection site.
Other important side effects of leuprolide include:
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes.
PREPARATIONS: Leuprolide injection: 5 mg/ml and 3.75 mg . Lupron Depot microspheres for injection: 3.75, 7.5, 15, 11.25, 22.5, 30, and 45 mg/vial.
STORAGE: Leuprolide should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).
DOSING: Leuprolide is injected under the skin (subcutaneously). Lupron Depot is injected into muscle (intramuscularly).
For prostate cancer, leuprolide can be given daily or Lupron Depot can be given monthly or at 3 to 4 month intervals. The daily dose of leuprolide is 1 mg. The 3.5 and 7.5 mg doses of Lupron Depot are injected monthly, the 11.25 and 22.5 mg doses every three months, the 30 mg dose every four months, and the 45 mg dose every 6 months.
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