Lupron® - Side Effects, Injuries & Lawsuit Information
Lupron® (Leuprolide) is a prescription medication manufactured by Abbott Labs. The drug is used to decrease the production of specific chemicals that influence the behavior of certain cells in the body. Because Lupron® can reduce the production of both male and female hormones, it is used to treat specific conditions in men, women, and children.
Doctors prescribe Lupron® to men to treat symptoms of prostate cancer, and in women to treat symptoms of endometriosis (overgrowth of uterine lining outside of the uterus) or uterine fibroids. It is also used to treat precocious (early-onset) puberty in both male and female children.
There are five types of Lupron® that can be injected under a patient's skin to help with his or her hormone therapy. These types of Lupron® are:
- Lupron Depot 30
- Lupron Depot 22.5
- Lupron Depot 7.5
- Lupron Depot 11.25
- Lupron Depot 3.75
Lupron® Side Effects
There is a long list of potential side effects linked to Lupron®. Some apply only to men and others affect just women, but others, such as chronic muscle pain, have been reported in both sexes.
Lupron side effects that have been documented include:
- Chronic muscle pain and weakness
- Back pain
- Joint pain
- Limb pain
- Urine with blood in it
- Severe headaches
- Muscle atrophy
- Decreasing of hemoglobin
- Decreasing of hematocrit
- Bone density changes
- Loss of the sense of smell
- Loss of the sense of taste
- Enlargement and sensitivity to breasts (women)
- Decrease in size of testicles (men)
- Erectile dysfunction (men)
- Decreased sexual desire (both men and women)
- Thyroid problems
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted studies on Lupron® and determined that the drug has "potential safety issues." However, Abbott Labs has not included a warning label regarding long-term health problems connected to Lupron® as of yet.
In April of 2010, a class action lawsuit was filed in New York. The lawsuit accuses Abbott Labs of concealing health hazards associated with the drug and of not conducting adequate safety tests before getting the FDA to approve Lupron®.
Speak With A Lupron® Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered injuries associated with Lupron®, you may have grounds to file a Lupron® lawsuit and seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, permanent disabilities, pain and suffering and other damages. Contact us to speak with a Lupron® lawyer.