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Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection


Overview

Introduction

Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection is used in the treatment of prostate cancer. It is also used to treat endometriosis (endometrium of the uterus grows excessively and causes symptoms like pain, heavy or irregular periods), uterine fibroids and central precocious puberty (very early puberty).

Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection is given as an injection under the skin by a qualified medical professional.  Your doctor will decide what dose is necessary and how often you need to take it. This will depend on what you are being treated for and may change from time to time. You should take it exactly as your doctor has advised. Taking it in the wrong way or taking too much can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months for you to see or feel the benefits but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to.

Decreased libido, increased sweating, fatigue, muscle weakness, and hot flashes are some very common side effects of this medicine. The long-term use of medicine may cause weakened bones and reduction in bone mineral density. You are advised to take vitamin D and calcium supplements while taking this medicine. It might cause menstrual periods to stop for a period of 7- 12 weeks, inform your doctor if menstrual bleeding continues even during the treatment.

Before taking this medicine, inform your doctor if you have a history of drinking alcohol, smoker, and osteoporosis. Many other medicines can affect, or be affected by, this medicine so let your healthcare team know all medications you are using. This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The use of effective contraception by both males and females during treatment is important to avoid pregnancy.

Side effects of Luprodex Injection

Common
  • Decreased libido
  • Testicular atrophy
  • Increased sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Bone pain
  • Hot flashes
  • Injection site reaction

How to use Luprodex Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Luprodex Injection works

Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection is a hormone similar to the one produced by a hypothalmus gland in the brain. It works by decreasing the blood levels of testosterone in males.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection during breastfeeding is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
UNSAFE
Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Do not drive or operate machinery if you experience drowsiness, dizziness or visual disturbances whilst being treated with Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Luprodex Injection?

If you miss a dose of Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection, please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • Luprodex Depot 3.75mg Injection helps in the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic prostate cancer.
  • It may also be used to treat endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
  • It is given as an injection either under the skin or into a muscle.
  • It may cause dizziness and visual disturbances. Don't drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
  • It will cause menstrual periods to stop. Periods will resume 7-12 weeks after the final injection. Consult your doctor if you experience menstrual bleed despite treatment. 
  • Use non-hormonal methods of contraception such as condoms to prevent pregnancy during treatment, as this medicine may be harmful to a developing baby.
  • Long term treatment may lead to bone loss and a higher risk of bone fractures, especially if you are a heavy drinker, a smoker, or have a family history of osteoporosis.

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FAQs

Q. Is Luprodex a chemotherapy medicine?

No, Luprodex is not a chemotherapy medicine. Luprodex is a synthetic hormone analogue medicine which is used for the treatment of hormone-dependent conditions in men and women.

Q. Does Luprodex stop periods?

Yes, the periods tend to stop while taking Luprodex injections as this medicine alters the reproductive hormones in females. Sometimes, there can be vaginal bleeding in few cases. If this occurs, please contact your doctor to get yourself assessed and follow the direction of your doctor.

Q. Is Luprodex a hormonal medicine and can it be given in pregnancy?

Yes, Luprodex is a hormonal medicine which alters the reproductive hormones when given in females. This medication is not recommended for use in women who are or may become pregnant because this can harm the fetus in the womb. Using this medicine during pregnancy may also lead to abortion of the baby. Do inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant before starting this medication.

Q. Can taking Luprodex affect my bones?

Yes, there are chances of Luprodex affecting your bones. Using Luprodex may cause a decrease in bone mineral density and make the bones weaker. In women, bone density should be assessed before starting the treatment. Special care and monitoring should be done in women with increased risk of osteoporosis. If at all needed, additional medicines may be given to prevent the development of osteoporosis in patients with decreased bone mineral density.

Q. Can Luprodex cause diabetes or increased blood sugar?

Yes, Luprodex may cause an increase in blood sugar levels, worsening the blood glucose control in patients with diabetes. It can even increase the risk of developing diabetes. Therefore, you must monitor the blood glucose and/or glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) from time to time to keep a track of the glucose control and inform your doctor in case you develop any problem. Diabetic patients when prescribed this medication should monitor the sugar levels more frequently while taking this treatment.

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