Lupron Depot and Heavy Bleeding
Lupron Depot® (leuprolide acetate depot) is a prescription hormone medication approved to treat, among other things, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. It is given by injection every one to four months.
Not all women with endometriosis experience symptoms. However, if symptoms do occur, they may include pain in the pelvis, abdomen (stomach), or lower back; painful periods; and heavy bleeding during or between periods.
Uterine fibroids are not cancerous and may not cause symptoms, so most of the time, many women choose not to have any treatment at all. However, if fibroids are causing pain or anemia due to heavy bleeding, Lupron Depot or some other form of treatment may be needed.
In addition, Lupron Depot can be used in combination with iron before fibroid surgery to reduce anemia from heavy bleeding.
(Click Lupron Depot Uses for information on other conditions this medication can treat, when and how it is administered, and whether it has any "off-label" uses.)