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What Is Lupron?

If you are an adult man with advanced prostate cancer or a child who is starting puberty too early, you may benefit from Lupron® (leuprolide acetate). But what is Lupron and how does it work?
 
Lupron comes in the form of an injection that is administered just under the skin (subcutaneously) once daily. It works by stopping production of sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone) in the ovaries and testicles.
 
In most cases, testosterone stimulates the growth of prostate cancer cells. By reducing testosterone levels, Lupron helps to slow down the growth of the testosterone-dependent cancer cells. This can help reduce the symptoms of cancer.
 
When treating precocious puberty (puberty that begins too early), Lupron works to by blocking the production of sex hormones (testosterone in boys and estrogen in girls), which temporarily stops puberty.
 
(Click Lupron for more details on what Lupron is and how it is used. This full-length article also discusses potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, possible safety concerns, and more.)
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