Generic Name: leuprolide (loo-PRO-lide)
Brand Name: Viadur
Leuprolide implant is used for:
Treating symptoms of advanced prostate cancer. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Leuprolide implant is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist. It works by decreasing levels of certain hormones produced by the testes and ovaries. It prevents the growth of certain tumors that need these hormones to grow.
Do NOT use leuprolide implant if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in leuprolide implant
- you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or breast-feeding
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using leuprolide implant:
Some medical conditions may interact with leuprolide implant. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you plan to become pregnant
- 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 implant. However, no specific interactions with leuprolide implant are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if leuprolide implant 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 implant:
Use leuprolide implant as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Leuprolide implant comes with an additional patient leaflet. Read it carefully and reread it each time you get leuprolide implant refilled.
- Leuprolide implant is an implant device that will be inserted at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
- If you miss a dose of leuprolide implant, contact your doctor immediately.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use leuprolide implant.
Important safety information:
- Worsening of symptoms may occur during the first few weeks of treatment. Notify your doctor if any new or worsened symptoms occur.
- LAB TESTS, including blood testosterone levels, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and bone density tests, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Leuprolide implant may interfere with certain lab tests, including certain pituitary gland function tests. Be sure all of your doctors and lab personnel know you are using leuprolide implant.
- Leuprolide implant is not recommended for use in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Use of leuprolide implant during pregnancy has resulted in fetal and newborn death. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. It is unknown if leuprolide implant is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking leuprolide implant.
Possible side effects of leuprolide implant:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Breast tenderness; burning, redness, itching, pain, or swelling around the implant; constipation; decreased sex drive; difficulty sleeping; headache; hot flashes/sweating; impotence; infection (fever, chills, sore throat); nausea or vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in urine; dizziness or lightheadedness; increase in bone pain; muscle weakness; paralysis; severe drowsiness; severe headache; shortness of breath; trouble urinating or inability to urinate; unusual or one-sided numbness or weakness; vision changes.
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. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of leuprolide implant:
Store leuprolide implant at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Because the product does not contain a preservative, once mixed, the suspension should be discarded if not used immediately. Keep leuprolide implant out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about leuprolide implant, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Leuprolide implant 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 implant. 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.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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