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Leuprolide Injection Kit

Generic Name: Leuprolide (LOO-proe-lide)Brand Name: Eligard

Leuprolide Injection Kit is used for:

Treating symptoms of advanced prostate cancer. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Leuprolide Injection Kit is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist. It works by decreasing levels of certain hormones produced by the testes and preventing the growth of certain tumors that need these hormones to grow.

Do NOT use Leuprolide Injection Kit if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Leuprolide Injection Kit
  • you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • the patient is a female or a child

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Leuprolide Injection Kit:

Some medical conditions may interact with Leuprolide Injection Kit. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines or other substances
  • if you have bone problems, urinary problems (eg, blockage of the bladder or ureters), spinal cord problems, or abnormal growths on or near the spinal cord
  • if you have vaginal bleeding

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Leuprolide Injection Kit. However, no specific interactions with Leuprolide Injection Kit are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Leuprolide Injection Kit may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Leuprolide Injection Kit:

Use Leuprolide Injection Kit as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Leuprolide Injection Kit. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Leuprolide Injection Kit is usually administered every month (4 weeks) as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using Leuprolide Injection Kit at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Leuprolide Injection Kit, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Leuprolide Injection Kit.

Important safety information:

  • Certain hormone levels may increase during the first few weeks of treatment with Leuprolide Injection Kit. This may cause you to experience an increase of symptoms or onset of new symptoms (eg, bone pain, blood in the urine, difficulty urinating, numbness or tingling) during the first few weeks of treatment. Patients with growths on or near the spinal cord or blockage of the bladder or ureters may be at greater risk of developing serious and sometimes fatal complications. Notify your doctor if any new or worsened symptoms occur or continue longer than a few weeks after you start to use Leuprolide Injection Kit.
  • Leuprolide Injection Kit lowers the amount of certain hormones in your body. This may cause certain expected side effects to occur, such as breast enlargement, soreness, or tenderness; testicular changes, pain, or soreness; decreased sexual ability; hot flashes; or night sweats. Contact your doctor if you have questions or concerns or you experience any of these side effects.
  • Leuprolide Injection Kit may cause your bones to weaken or become more prone to fractures, especially if you use Leuprolide Injection Kit for long periods of time. Contact your doctor if you experience bone pain or if you have concerns regarding changes in bone density.
  • Rarely, a serious pituitary gland problem (pituitary apoplexy) may occur after you use Leuprolide Injection Kit. This serious problem usually occurs shortly after you begin to use Leuprolide Injection Kit. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience a sudden headache, vomiting, fainting, eye weakness, inability to move your eyes, or vision changes.
  • Lab tests, including blood testosterone levels, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and bone density tests, may be performed while you use Leuprolide Injection Kit. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Leuprolide Injection Kit may interfere with certain lab tests, including certain hormone tests and pituitary gland function tests. Be sure all of your doctors and lab personnel know you are using Leuprolide Injection Kit.
  • Leuprolide Injection Kit is not recommended for use in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Leuprolide Injection Kit is not approved for use in women. Leuprolide Injection Kit may cause birth defects/ fetal and newborn death if you take it while you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if Leuprolide Injection Kit is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Leuprolide Injection Kit.

Possible side effects of Leuprolide Injection Kit:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dizziness; hot flashes; increased sweating; mild burning, itching, pain, stinging, or swelling at the injection site; muscle pain; tiredness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in the urine; fainting; mental or mood changes (eg, depression); seizures; severe dizziness or lightheadedness; sudden, severe headache; trouble urinating (eg, loss of bladder control, inability to urinate, painful urination); unusual bruising or bleeding; vision changes or blurred vision.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Leuprolide Injection Kit:

Store Leuprolide Injection Kit in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Once mixed, Leuprolide Injection Kit must be used within 30 minutes. Discard Leuprolide Injection Kit if it is not used within 30 minutes. Keep Leuprolide Injection Kit out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Leuprolide Injection Kit, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Leuprolide Injection Kit is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Leuprolide Injection Kit. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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