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Leuprorelin

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Agonist Lucrin®, Eligard® Cancer-related

Leuprorelin - What is it for

Leuprolide is a medicine that is used in the treatment of breast or prostate cancer. It works by reducing the level of hormones estrogen or testosterone respectively.

Leuprorelin - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Leuprorelin cause?

  • Worsening of symptoms manifested by cancer-related pain, bone pain and muscle weakness (tumour flare)
  • Hot flushes may occur during the first few weeks of treatment
  • Headache or dizziness
  • Pain and redness at injection site
  • Reduced bone mineral density
  • Increased blood sugar levels
  • Decreased libido

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Allergic reaction e.g. rashes, swelling, breathing difficulty
  • Severe bone, muscle or joint pain
  • Unresolved nausea, vomiting and dizziness
  • Chest pain or breathing difficulty
  • Menstrual bleeding that still persists

Before taking Leuprorelin, what precautions must I follow?

​Women of childbearing age need to use reliable contraception during treatment.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Leuprorelin?

Leuprorelin - Dosage and How to Use

How should Leuprorelin be used?

The medication is administered as an injection either into the muscle (intramuscularly) or under the skin (subcutaneously). The interval between injections may vary depending on the dose prescribed, please check with your doctor or pharmacist.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you missed the appointment, please call the clinic as soon as possible for a follow up.

What should I do if I overdose?

Leuprorelin - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Leuprorelin safely?

How should I store Leuprorelin?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Leuprorelin safely?

Leuprorelin - Additional Information

  • Updated on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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