Why LUPRON DEPOT
MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU
Whether you have just been diagnosed with endometriosis or have been suffering for a while, LUPRON DEPOT may be right for you. You may want to consider treatment with LUPRON DEPOT regardless of where you are in your treatment plan, such as after trying other medications, following surgery, or without having surgery. This section will help you understand why LUPRON DEPOT may be right for you.1
About oral contraceptives (OCs)
Many women who have endometriosis, like you, initially go to their doctors because of chronic pelvic pain. Your doctor may initially prescribe medications such as OCs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat that pelvic pain after ruling out other causes such as infections. However, if the pain persists despite this initial therapy, your doctor may suspect that you have endometriosis. After confirming this diagnosis of endometriosis, your doctor may decide that a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) medication such as LUPRON DEPOT may help relieve your pain. By suppressing hormones, LUPRON DEPOT helps to relieve the pain of endometriosis and to shrink lesions.1,2
How LUPRON DEPOT helps to relieve endometriosis pain
LUPRON DEPOT works to continuously suppress hormones. Because endometrial tissue grows in response to estrogen, the state of lowered estrogen created by LUPRON DEPOT helps relieve the painful symptoms of endometriosis and helps reduce the growth of lesions. It is important to know that this state of low estrogen can also cause bone loss, which may not be completely reversible in some women.1,3
Who should not take LUPRON DEPOT?
You should not receive LUPRON DEPOT if you are or may become pregnant, are breast-feeding, have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, or if you have experienced any type of allergic reaction to LUPRON DEPOT, or similar drugs. You should not receive Add-back* plus LUPRON DEPOT if you currently have or have had any clotting disorder, heart disease, stroke, impaired liver function or liver disease, or breast cancer.1
Your doctor might prescribe LUPRON DEPOT
You may have had a surgery called a laparoscopy to diagnose and/or treat your endometriosis. This procedure enables your doctor to examine the condition of your abdominal organs and check the size of endometriotic lesions.4,5
During the surgery, a doctor will often remove endometriotic lesions by excision (cutting) or laser ablation (dissolving them with a laser). However, some endometriotic lesions may be hard for your doctor to see due to their size, location, or depth, and you could continue to experience endometriosis pain.4,6
Your doctor may prescribe a GnRH agonist like LUPRON DEPOT following laparoscopy to help reduce your remaining endometriotic lesions and/or endometriosis pain. But LUPRON DEPOT can also be prescribed without surgery.1
*Norethindrone acetate 5 mg daily.