Prostate Cancer Home > Lupron Depot Uses
How Does This Medication Work?Lupron Depot is similar to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), a hormone found naturally in the body. GnRH controls the release of two other hormones from the pituitary gland, which is a tiny gland located beneath the brain: luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). These two hormones stimulate the production of sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) in the ovaries and testicles.
- Most forms of prostate cancer depend on testosterone to grow. By reducing testosterone levels, Lupron Depot slows down or prevents the growth of the testosterone-dependent cancer cells, reducing the symptoms of cancer.
- Lupron Depot works to treat precocious puberty by blocking the production of sex hormones (testosterone in boys and estrogen in girls) and temporarily stopping puberty.
- Estrogen is responsible for the thickening of the uterine lining (the endometrium). By blocking the production of estrogen, Lupron Depot stops the growth of the endometrial tissue, reducing symptoms of endometriosis and bleeding from uterine fibroids.