Lupron Depot Uses
Because of its actions on sex hormones in the body, Lupron Depot can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including precocious puberty, advanced prostate cancer, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis. The drug mimics a naturally occurring hormone in the body that slows down or blocks the release of testosterone and estrogen. Lupron Depot only works when given as an injection and should not be taken by mouth.
What Is Lupron Depot Used For?Lupron Depot® (leuprolide acetate depot) is a prescription hormone medication approved for use in the following conditions:
- Advanced prostate cancer
- Endometriosis (a condition in which endometrial tissue grows in other areas of the body)
- Uterine fibroids (noncancerous tumors in the uterus)
- Central precocious puberty (puberty that occurs too soon) in children.
Lupron Depot is given via an intramuscular injection, which is an injection into the muscle, every one to four months. It is not active if taken by mouth.
Using Lupron Depot for Advanced Prostate CancerLupron Depot is indicated for the palliative treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Palliative cancer treatment helps reduce symptoms of cancer, but does not cure the condition. Lupron Depot can help reduce prostate cancer symptoms, such as pain and difficulty urinating. It offers an alternative for men who cannot, or do not want to, take estrogen or have their testicles removed (called an orchiectomy).