No -- leuprolide depot is the active ingredient in Lupron Depot but is not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that the active ingredient of any drug often is referred to as the "generic name." The generic name is different from a generic version of a medicine.
In order for there to be a generic version of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.
Is Lupron Depot the Same as Lupron?
Lupron Depot and Lupron® (leuprolide acetate) contain the same active ingredient -- leuprolide. However, they are not the same medication. Lupron is given via a subcutaneous injection (an injection just beneath the skin) once a day. It is only approved to treat advanced prostate cancer and central precocious puberty. Lupron Depot and Lupron are not interchangeable.
Lupron Depot Web site. Available at: http://www.lupron.com. Accessed June 10, 2011.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed December 3, 2013.
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