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What is this drug used for?
- It is used to treat endometriosis.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
- If you have an allergy to leuprolide, norethindrone, or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Liver disease, liver tumors, or unexplained vaginal bleeding.
- If you have ever had any of these health problems: Blood clots, breast cancer or other kind of cancer where hormones make it grow, heart attack, or stroke.
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take this drug.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- Use care if you have risks for soft, brittle bones called osteoporosis (alcohol use, cigarette smoking, other family members with brittle bones, taking drugs to treat seizures, taking steroids).
- Use care if you have risks for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, high blood sugar [diabetes], cigarette smoking, man older than 40 years of age, other family members with early heart disease, woman after change of life). Talk with your doctor.
- Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
- Have a bone density test. Talk with your doctor.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab workers know you take this drug.
- This drug may raise some hormone levels in your body during the first few weeks of taking it. Disease signs may get worse before getting better. Tell your doctor if you have any new signs or if your disease signs are worse for longer than a few weeks after starting this drug.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink wine, beer, or mixed drinks.
- If you smoke, talk with your doctor.
- Most of the time, this drug stops you from having a period (menstrual bleeding). This is not a method of birth control. Use a non-hormone type of birth control like condoms to prevent pregnancy while taking this drug.
- If you miss doses of this drug, bleeding between cycles can happen. Talk with your doctor.
- This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
- A pregnancy test will be done to show that you are NOT pregnant before starting this drug. If you get pregnant while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
- Change in strength on 1 side is greater than the other, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, or blurred eyesight.
- Very bad problems with how you act.
- Very bad headache.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
- Coughing up blood.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Change in eyesight.
- Loss of eyesight.
- Bulging eyes.
- Vaginal itching or discharge.
- Vaginal bleeding that is not normal.
- Not able to pass urine.
- Pain when passing urine.
- Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, swelling in the arms or legs.
- Breast pain.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Sweating a lot.
- Memory problems or loss.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- This drug may cause weak bones. This may happen more often if used for a long time. This may raise the chance of broken bones. Call your doctor right away if you have bone pain.
What are some other side effects of this drug?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.
- Pimples (acne).
- Hot flashes.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Not able to sleep.
- Weight gain.
- Breast soreness.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Lowered interest in sex.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
How is this drug best taken?
Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
- It is given as a shot into a muscle.
- Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call the doctor to find out what to do.
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
How do I store and/or throw out this drug?
- This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
General drug facts
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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Last updated: August 10, 2014