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What Is Lupron Used For?

A healthcare provider may prescribe Lupron® (leuprolide acetate) to relieve the symptoms associated with advanced prostate cancer. This medicine is also approved for use in children who have a certain condition in which puberty starts too early (known medically as central precocious puberty).
 
There are also some unapproved uses (known as "off-label" uses) for this medication. Some of these off-label uses include:
 
  • Managing endometriosis
  • Relieving symptoms of breast and ovarian cancer
  • Treating uterine fibroids.
 
Lupron works by blocking the production of sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen). Blocking these hormones can help slow down the growth of prostate cancer cells and can also stop puberty.
 
(For more information on what this medicine is used for, click Lupron Uses. This article further explores possible uses for this drug and provides a more detailed explanation of how this medicine works.)
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