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Lupron Depot (Intradermal, Intramuscular, Subcutaneous)

Generic name: leuprolideLOO-proe-lide ]
Brand names: Camcevi, Eligard, Lupron, Lupron Depot, Lupron Depot-Ped, Viadur
Drug classes: Gonadotropin releasing hormones, Hormones / antineoplastics

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 24, 2024.

Uses for Lupron Depot

Leuprolide injection is a synthetic (man-made) hormone that is similar to a natural hormone that is produced in the brain. It is used to treat a number of medical problems including:

Lupron Depot® 11.25 mg is used in combination with norethindrone acetate to initially relieve and manage the reoccurrence of the painful symptoms of endometriosis. It is also used together with iron to treat bleeding in women with anemia caused by uterine leiomyomas before a surgical procedure. It is given in women who need 3 months of hormonal suppression.

When given regularly to men, leuprolide decreases testosterone levels. Reducing the amount of testosterone in the body helps treat cancer of the prostate.

When given regularly to women, leuprolide decreases estrogen levels. Reducing the amount of estrogen in the body helps treat endometriosis. Leuprolide will also shrink tumors in the uterus, which decreases vaginal bleeding and helps prevent anemia.

When given regularly to boys and girls who have early puberty, leuprolide slows the development of the genital area for both sexes. Leuprolide will also slow breast development in girls. This medicine will delay puberty only as long as the child continues to receive it.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before using Lupron Depot

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:


Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.


Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of leuprolide pediatric injection in children. However, use is not recommended in children younger than 2 years of age. Leuprolide pediatric injection will stop having an effect for central precocious puberty soon after the child stops using it, and puberty will advance normally.

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of Camcevi™, Eligard®, Lupron®, Lupron Depot®, Lupron Depot®-3 month, Lupron Depot®-4 month, Lupron Depot®-6 month, or Lupron Depot® 11.25 mg in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.


Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of Camcevi™, Eligard®, Lupron®, Lupron Depot®, Lupron Depot®-3 month, Lupron Depot®-4 month, or Lupron Depot®-6 month in the elderly.

Appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of Lupron Depot® 11.25 mg have not been performed in the geriatric population. This medicine is not indicated for use in elderly women.

No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of Fensolvi® or Lupron Depot-Ped® in the elderly.

Breast Feeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Interactions with Medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

Proper use of Lupron Depot

For leuprolide injections (Camcevi™, Eligard®, Lupron® injection, Lupron Depot®, Lupron Depot® 11.25 mg, Lupron Depot-Ped®, Lupron Depot®-3 month, Lupron Depot®-4 month, or Lupron Depot®-6 month):

Leuprolide injection may contain a Medication Guide or patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully and make sure you understand:

If you are using Lupron Depot® 11.25 mg together with norethindrone acetate, you should also read and understand the information and instructions about using norethindrone. The warnings and precautions on norethindrone will also apply to Lupron Depot® 11.25 mg.

Use only the brand of this medicine that your doctor prescribed. Different brands may not work the same way.


The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

Missed Dose

This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.


Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

After the injection is prepared, the solution must be used right away and not stored. Eligard® must be used within 30 minutes after mixing, and Lupron Depot® must be used within 2 hours after mixing.

Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.

Precautions while using Lupron Depot

It is very important that your doctor check the you or your child's progress at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

This medicine may cause serious allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, hoarseness, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you are using this medicine.

For female patients: You should not receive this medicine if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.

Patients receiving leuprolide for central precocious puberty (CPP):

Patients receiving leuprolide for endometriosis or for anemia caused by tumors of the uterus:

Patients receiving leuprolide for advanced prostate cancer:

Before you have any medical tests, tell the medical doctor in charge that you are using this medicine. The results of some tests may be affected by this medicine.

Side Effects of Lupron Depot

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

For adults

Less common


For males only (adults)

More common


Incidence not known

For females only (adults)


For children

More common

Less common


Incidence not known

For females only (children)—expected in first few weeks


Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

For adults

More common

Less common

For females only (adults)

More common

Less common

For males only (adults)

More common

Less common

Incidence not known

For children

More common

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

Available Dosage Forms:

Therapeutic Class: Endocrine-Metabolic Agent

Pharmacologic Class: Luteinizing Hormone Releasing Hormone Agonist

Frequently asked questions

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Further information

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