What is Leuprolide (Leuprorelin)?

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Leuprolide is used to overstimulate the body's own production of certain hormones, which causes that production to shut down temporarily. It reduces the amount of testosterone in men or estrogen in women. It is used in men to treat the symptoms of prostate cancer.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Prostate cancer 18 12
Endometriosis 7 1
Uterine fibroids 7 3
Breast cancer 4 1
Acute intermittent porphyria 1 0

Show all 16 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
10
Moderate
12
Mild
5
None
1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Leuprolide (Leuprorelin)

Side effect Patients
Hot flashes 9
Weight gain 3
Emotional lability 2
Fatigue 2
Headaches 2
Hot and cold flashes 2

Show all 47 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Leuprolide (Leuprorelin)

Dosage Patients
22.5 mg/3 months every 3 months 3
3.75 mg monthly 2
65 mg every 12 weeks 2
3.75 mg every 3 months 1
5 mg every 12 weeks 1
11.25 mg every 3 months 1
5 mg monthly 1
22.5 mg every 3 months 1
20 mg monthly 1
60 mg every 6 months 1

Why patients stopped taking Leuprolide (Leuprorelin)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 16
Other 6
Side effects too severe 6
Doctor's advice 4
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Did not seem to work 1
See all 25 patients who've stopped taking Leuprolide (Leuprorelin)

Duration

Currently taking Leuprolide (Leuprorelin)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 6

Stopped taking Leuprolide (Leuprorelin)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 28
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 5
Not specified 15

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Leuprolide (Leuprorelin) after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 2
Cyproterone Acetate (Androcur) 1
Goserelin (Zoladex) 1

Patients stopped taking Leuprolide (Leuprorelin) and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Leuprolide (Leuprorelin)

Jan 21, 2014 (Started Jan 13, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for prostate cancer)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (night sweats, sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 22.5 mg/3 months Every 3 months
Advice & Tips: During the first week after my first injection, I slept & napped a lot: 14-16 hrs/day. The sleepiness lessened as the week passed, and then I was back to normal.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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May 8, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for prostate cancer)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 22.5 mg/3 months Every 3 months
Advice & Tips: Major negative side effects are fatigue and sexual dysfunction. Others include hot flushes,weight gain,loss of much body hair,increased risk of diabetes and osteoporosis. These effects have been a negative for me but generally manageable in my case. The addition of Casodex and Avodart have not increased these negative side effects for me.

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