is a drug which influences the release of hormones testosterone
and estrogen in the body. It suppresses estrogen and is used for
diseases and conditions in which the increased level of estrogen
is thought of to be the most important factor. Such diseases are
endometriosis, myoma (fibroids) of uterus, heavy uterine bleeding
etc. The FDA has approved this drug for
1) the management of endometriosis, including pain relief and reduction
of endometriotic lesions, and
2) preoperative hematologic improvement of patients with anemia caused
by uterine leiomyomata (fibroids) when used concomitantly with iron
What Does Lupron Do?
generic name (the name of the substance) is leuprolide, while
the other two brand names (the names that you should ask for in
the pharmacy shop) are:
is related to a naturally occurring hormone called gonadotropin-releasing
hormone (GnRH), which governs the the ovulatory cycle. Lupron, as
well as some other drugs (Synarel, Busrelin), causes the body to
gradually quit producing GnRH and that is why it called an GnRH
agonist. The patient enters a state of temporary menopause
-- a process known as pituitary downregulation. In effect,
Lupron shuts down the natural production of both testosterone and
estrogen. and that is why it is usually prescribed for the following
as a palliative drug for advanced prostate cancer,
for endometriosis (as approved by the FDA)
preoperative treatment, most commonly before endometrial
ablation or some other kind of surgery on the uterus.
central precocious puberty -- a condition in which a child
enters the puberty too soon, including accelerated bone growth and
the development of secondary sexual characteristics.
the list does not stop here. Lupron is being also used by fertility
doctors in order to suppress female hormones to start the IVF. They
suppress them first and then stimulate the production of multiple
eggs in order to increase the probability of success of the whole
procedure. Patients usually have no idea that such treatment may
harm them in many other ways, as follows.
Lupron Side Effects
are two kinds of side effects, the ones that should not happen and
the ones that are expected to happen since that is what you took
the drug for. The he unexpected ones are:
an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the
throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
tingling, or weakness in the legs or arms.
If any of this occures, stop taking Lupron as soon as you can, and contact
your doctor as soon as you can. (You may or may not
be able to stop taking Lupron, depending on how the drug was administered
in the first place.)
The "less severe" symptoms are to be expected as that is what happens
when you meddle with your own production of hormones:
flashes or sweating -- this one's a classic; taking Lupron
is inducing menopause of a kind. Your body needs estrogen
to function normally!
libido or impotence -- another classic. Without proper
hormonal mix, you are no good either. Again, meddling with your
hormones is dangerous to your health and if you think there is no
other way, then see the end of this page.
enlargement -- another great site to see what the misuse of
sexual hormones does to your body.
burning, itching, or swelling at the injection
Lupron -- Horror Stories
are thousands of women in the USA that have been truly victimized
by this drug. There are cases of
All this have been documented but the FDA feels that the advantages
of using Lupron still outweigh its shortcomings.
Your doctor may order blood tests and/or other kinds of medical
evaluations in order to monitor your health state.
Pregnancy and Lupron
you take Lupron, you should be exercising some kind of birth control.
If you are already pregnant, you may not use this drug at all. If
you get pregnant while on Lupron, contact your doctor immediately,
since Lupron is known to cause birth defects
in an unborn baby.
are several varities of this drug, depending on the way of administering
. a subcutaneous injection (under
the skin), as
. an intramuscular (into muscle) depot
injection (a shot given periodically at a doctor's office),
. an implant.
It can be injected daily, monthly, every 3 months, or every 4 months,
depending on the formulation being used and the condition being
treated. Different formulations are not interchangeable. The implant
is called Viadur and must be removed after 12 months. In certain
cases, you will be expected to administer Lupron to yourself. Do
not do it if you do not know how to do it, or are unsure of the
exact procedure. Ask the doctor, the pharmacist or any other medical
practitioner that you contact with.
Estrogen Dominance -- There Must Be A Better Way
is used for states induced by estrogen dominance.
The proper solution to this problem is to heal the glands that produce the hormones,
not to patch the state as it is. Here are some of the possible ways
to do it:
. for the surplus of estrogen, take natural
progesteron to counter balance;
. improve the diet,
. use Reiki
to achieve overall energy balance,
. address the underlying (emotional) problems
that actually cause the glands to not work properly,
endometriosis or fibroids
with a properly chosen homeopathic
Fixing Your Emotional Problems With Flower Remedies
Apart from Reiki,
there are two main ways -- flower
remedies and EFT. With flower remedies, you can
balance your emotional state and cut the energy flow to the
impaired parts of the body. All tumors and cancers need energy
to feed upon; put them on a "diet", that is, eliminate bad
emotions that these cells feed upon and you have won more than
one half of the battle. The good news is that you do that at
a very low cost or even free, especially compared to $400+
that you would have to pay for just one Lupron shot!
Flower remedies are very cheap and once
you buy a bottle of a remedy you will be able to use it for many
months and years. You may need up to seven bottles at a time, but
you can also do with less. A treatement with one group of flower
remedies usually lasts for a couple of weeks up to 2-3 months. The
results are practically always favourable -- I often recommend Bach
flower remedies after a delineation of the natal chart and I have
yet to enounter a case in which there were no results, sometimes
spectacularly within a day or two!
Emotional Freedom Techniques
Freedom Techniques or EFT as it is better known is a new development.
It enables you to literally obliterate your negative emotions and
thus free your body from imbalanced energies. There is extenstive
clinical evidence that EFT is very useful for reducing or eliminating
pain. For more details, see here.
Lupron -- The Conclusion
Avoid it at all costs. If you need endometrial
ablation, try NovaSure
endometrial ablation, which needs no Lupron Depot.
If that is not possible, read the rest of this site in order
to come up with ideas which alternative healing methods would
work in your case or just ask me directly.
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