GENERIC NAME: LEUPROLIDE 4 MONTH (30 MG) - SUBCUTANEOUS INJECTION (LEW-pro-lide)
BRAND NAME(S): Eligard
USES: Leuprolide is used to treat advanced prostate cancer in men. It is not a cure. Most types of prostate cancer need the male hormone testosterone to grow and spread. Leuprolide works by reducing the amount of testosterone that the body makes. This helps slow or stop the growth of cancer cells and helps relieve symptoms such as painful/difficult urination. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of treatment.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 disorders of the uterus (e.g., endometriosis, fibroids). In females, leuprolide reduces the amount of estrogen that the body makes. Leuprolide may also be used to stop early puberty in children.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given as an injection under the skin (subcutaneously), usually once every 4 months or as directed by your doctor. This product slowly releases the medication into your blood over a 4-month period.If you are directed to inject this medication yourself, learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Remove the product from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature. Wash your hands and properly mix the medication. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Clean the injection site with an alcohol swab. Change the location of the injection site each time to avoid problem areas under the skin. Give each dose within 30 minutes of mixing. If more than 30 minutes have passed since mixing, throw out the product and prepare another syringe/dose.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.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.
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