Lupron is a synthetic hormone created to regulate certain processes in the body. It causes the natural hormone production in the body to drop off, decreasing estrogen in women and testosterone in men. It is used to lessen the symptoms of prostate cancer in men. In women, Lupron is used to prevent endometriosis, which is an overgrowth of the uterine lining outside the uterus. Lupron is injected under the skin each month or every three to six months. Different types of Lupron are used on men than on women.
Allergic reactions should be treated immediately. Allergic reactions to Lupron include hives, difficulty breathing and swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat. These reactions should not be allowed time to worsen and must be corrected by a doctor immediately to avoid a fatal reaction.
Serious Side Effects
The serious effects of Lupron are vomiting, slow heart rate, slow breathing, swelling, sudden headache with vision problems, rapid weight gain, bone pain, pain, burning or stinging at injection site, feeling light-headed or as if you will black out, painful or difficult urination, urinating more than usual, confusion, weak pulse and fainting.
Rare but Serious Effects
The rare but serious side effects of the Lupron injection are loss of bowel or bladder control, pain or unusual strange sensations in the back, numbness, weakness, or tingling in legs or feet, and muscle pain and weakness.
Less Serious Effects
The less serious side effects of taking Lupron are increased facial hair growth, impotence, red or scaly skin, testicle pain, acne, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, hot flashes, night chills or clammy hands, breast swelling and tenderness, depression, insomnia, constipation and stomach pain.
Seek immediate help for allergic and rare reactions. If you are taking Lupron injections and experience troublesome side effects, then you may want to talk to your doctor about a substitution drug for Lupron.