leuprolide (generic name)

It is a man-made protein that acts like a natural hormone in the body
(loo PROE lide)
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What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain
  • depression or memory disorders
  • pain in your legs or groin
  • pain at site where injected or implanted
  • severe headache
  • swelling of the feet and legs
  • visual changes
  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • breast swelling or tenderness
  • decrease in sex drive or performance
  • diarrhea
  • hot flashes
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle, joint, or bone pains
  • nausea
  • redness or irritation at site where injected or implanted
  • skin problems or acne

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last Updated: June 21, 2011
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