Is Lupron An Effective Treatment Option For Prostate Cancer?
The anti-aging effects of Leuprolide are so impressive that many adults are considering it as an effective treatment for the signs of aging. However, the effects of Leuprolide tend to decrease once you stop taking the medication. So, if you have been taking Leuprolide for several months, your treatment will most likely return to its previous level within 4 to 8 weeks after your last dose. Those who take Lupron regularly for long periods of time are at a higher risk of some health risks associated with this drug.
Effects of Leuprolide
First, Leuprolide causes an increase in liver enzyme levels, which can accelerate the breakdown of muscle and fat cells. The presence of Leuprolide in the body, and its ability to stimulate the hepatic enzymes responsible for the breakdown of fats also accelerate metabolism. When Leuprolide is metabolized in the body, it releases an amino acid called Leuprolide S-oxide into the bloodstream. Leuprolide S-oxide is then absorbed by target tissues, increases protein synthesis, and stimulates energy production.
Because of these actions, leuprolide is known as an “angiotensin-converting enzyme” (ACE) inhibitors. The purpose of ACE inhibitors is to maintain adequate blood glucose levels by reducing excess cholesterol levels and increasing blood flow. At the same time, Leuprolide’s metabolism-suppressant actions cause major substrate depletion in leucine metabolism.
Recommended Dose of Lupron
Patients who take Lupron must be monitored closely to ensure continued compliance with the recommended dose of leuprolide throughout the course of treatment. Dosage instructions are on the labeling or can be obtained from your pharmacist. For patients taking more than twice the recommended dose of leuprolide, a special formulaic called glupron Depot-Ped was created by Sederma, a pharmaceutical company based in France. A one-week supply of leuprolide is to be taken every week in combination with a tablet of lupron Depot-Ped.
Leuprolide is available in different dosage forms, with the highest concentration of the drug being in the range of fifteen to twenty milligrams per kilogram of body weight. The maximum daily doses of leuprolide may range between two to three hundred milligrams. Although the manufacturer lists the concentration of all of the ingredients in the euro product, most labels state that the concentration of ibuprofen in the products is the primary ingredient. As a result, most individuals find it difficult to accurately estimate their daily dosages of ibuprofen and therefore most doctors will not prescribe it.
Uses of Lupron
Lupron is primarily used in the treatment of prostate cancer. It has been successful in improving the quality of life for many men who suffer from the early stages of prostate cancer. As of June 2006, there had been no published clinical trials comparing Lupron with its triterpen counterpart. In the absence of published trials, there is still some controversy as to whether lupron is more effective than its counterpart drug, triturgeonene, in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. In general, however, the Food and Drug Administration has determined that lupron is generally safe.
Some patients do report experiencing side effects from taking lupron. Common side effects include fatigue, nausea, headache, and constipation. Patients should be aware that these symptoms may subside once the body begins to adjust to the ongoing use of the medication. However, for those patients whose problems do not subside over time or if they become more severe, a healthcare provider may consider changing the drug or reducing the dose in an effort to help relieve the discomfort and side effects.
The Lupron Intramuscular Regulator (LIR) has received FDA approval for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer. The company has completed several studies testing the safety and effectiveness of lupron. In clinical trials, lupron treated thousands of men with various prostate diseases and has shown consistent results. There have been no serious safety concerns or adverse effects reported in the literature since the company began submitting clinical trials. Based on the information available, lupron is likely to be an effective treatment for patients with prostate cancer or other prostate diseases. A medical healthcare provider should be consulted to discuss the pros and cons of lupron and the options available to make an informed decision for his or her patient.
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