Lupron, also known as leuprolide, is used to treat several disorders in both men and women. Lupron's most common use, though, is fighting advanced prostate cancer
by halting production of testosterone. In addition, pediatricians have used Lupron to treat central precocious puberty, a condition that causes early puberty in boys and girls.
Lupron is produced by TAP Pharmaceuticals of Illinois and was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1985. Side effects of the drug include, but may not be limited to, irregular heartbeat
, bone, muscle, or joint pain
, vaginal bleeding, blurred vision
, and chest pain.
Lupron made headlines recently when the FDA warned patients that Dr. Victor Souaid, a Pompano Beach, Florida urologist, may have diluted the drug in an effort to save money. Patients who received diluted doses of Lupron should contact their primary care physician immediately.
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