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Lupron Mechanism of Action

Available by prescription only, Lupron® (leuprolide acetate) is used to treat symptoms of advanced prostate cancer and to stop puberty that has started too early in boys or girls (a condition called precocious puberty). Many people wonder about the actions of Lupron in the body, specifically how it works to treat these conditions.
This medication is similar to a naturally occurring hormone found in the body called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). It works by blocking the production of sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen). Because testosterone stimulates the growth of most types of prostate cancer cells, Lupron can help slow down this growth by decreasing levels of testosterone in the body. Also, stopping production of estrogen and testosterone can help stop Lupron also works to treat precocious puberty.
(To learn more about the mechanism of action for this drug, click Lupron. This article offers a complete overview of this drug, including side effects, general safety precautions to be aware of, and tips for administering this injection.)
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