Talking with Your Doctor

Maintaining good communication is important for your treatment plan

Talking openly and candidly with your treatment team can help you better manage your advanced prostate cancer. It can provide the answers to your questions and the information you need to help you feel more in control and less worried about what lies ahead—and help you stay committed to your Lupron Depot therapy.

Use your visits to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about your condition, including any changes in symptoms, your Lupron Depot therapy, or side effects.

Be sure to notify your doctor about any new conditions you become aware of, or about medications or supplements you are considering taking since your last appointment. This conversation should take place before you actually start taking them. That way, your doctor has a full understanding of your health.

Here are some suggestions and helpful tips for talking with your treatment team.

It helps to know what to ask before you talk with your treatment team about your prostate cancer diagnosis. Download these helpful tips for a quick reference.

  • Make a list of questions before each appointment.
  • Take notes or bring another person (spouse, child, or friend) to help you remember your questions and the answers.
  • Get the phone number of someone at your doctor's office who you can call with follow-up questions.
  • Keep a folder or notebook with all your medical papers and test results.
  • Keep a record of all medical visits, and write down medications you have been prescribed.
  • Keep a record of any side effects you may experience, including when and where they occur, and report them to your doctor.
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Follow these suggestions to help you with your Lupron Depot therapy.

  • Stay motivated and committed to your Lupron Depot therapy. That means going to every scheduled appointment and receiving your treatment on time.
  • Get monitored regularly to check your progress. During your scheduled visit, a member of your treatment team may draw your blood for a testosterone test to help your doctor determine if Lupron Depot is working.2
  • Maintain an open and honest dialogue with your doctor and other members of your treatment team. Your treatment team wants you to get the best results possible from your Lupron Depot treatments. It is important to let your treatment team know if you experience new or worsening symptoms.
  • Ask your doctor about the importance of regularly monitoring your PSA and testosterone levels.
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  • check mark bulletWhat does "advanced prostate cancer" mean for me?
  • check mark bulletHow long will I be on Lupron Depot treatment?
  • check mark bulletWhat side effects can I expect? What can I do about them?
  • check mark bulletWill my daily life be affected? Are there things I should stop doing?
  • check mark bulletWhat are the signs that the treatment is working?
  • check mark bulletHow will other medicines or supplements affect my treatment?
  • check mark bulletWhat else can I do to stay healthy with diet or exercise?
  • check mark bulletWhat is my risk of recurrence after therapy?
  • check mark bulletHow many prostate cancer patients do you treat in a year?
  • check mark bulletWhat will you do for follow-up after treatment is completed?
  • check mark bulletHow often will you check my PSA and testosterone levels?
  • check mark bulletCan you refer me to a mental health professional if I need help?
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  • Do Not Take If
    • You should not take LUPRON DEPOT if you have had any type of allergic reaction to LUPRON DEPOT or similar drugs.
    • Females who are or may become pregnant should not receive any formulation of LUPRON DEPOT.

    Reference:
    LUPRON DEPOT 7.5 mg for
    1-month, 22.5 mg for 3-month,
    30 mg for 4-month, and 45 mg for 6-month [package insert].

  • Before Starting
    • Talk to your doctor about your medical history and all other medicines that you take.
    • Increased risk of heart attack, sudden death, and stroke can occur in men using LUPRON DEPOT. Discuss this increased risk with your doctor before starting treatment and report any new symptoms during treatment.
    • LUPRON DEPOT can affect the electrical activity of your heart. Your doctor must determine if the benefits of using LUPRON DEPOT outweigh the risks, especially if you have congenital long QT syndrome, abnormal blood tests for electrolytes, congestive heart failure, or if you take medications to regulate your heartbeat.
    • Convulsions have been observed in patients taking leuprolide acetate, including patients who have a history of seizures, epilepsy, or brain disorders (related to blood vessels, nerves, or tumors), and in those taking medications associated with convulsions. Convulsions have also been reported in patients without any of these conditions.

    Reference:
    LUPRON DEPOT 7.5 mg for
    1-month, 22.5 mg for 3-month,
    30 mg for 4-month, and 45 mg for 6-month [package insert].

  • What to Expect
    • LUPRON DEPOT causes an increase in testosterone during the first few weeks of therapy.
      • Some men may experience temporary new or worsening symptoms of prostate cancer, including urinary symptoms and/or bone pain.
      • If your cancer has spread to the spine or urinary tract, urinary blockage or pressure on the spine may occur and can sometimes lead to paralysis, which may be life-threatening.
      • You may require close medical attention during the first few weeks of therapy. Notify your doctor if you develop any new or worsened symptoms after beginning LUPRON DEPOT treatment.
    • High blood sugar and increased risk of diabetes can occur in men using LUPRON DEPOT. Your doctor will monitor your blood sugar during treatment.
    • Regular blood tests are needed to check your testosterone and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.
    • LUPRON DEPOT may cause impotence.

    Reference:
    LUPRON DEPOT 7.5 mg for
    1-month, 22.5 mg for 3-month,
    30 mg for 4-month, and 45 mg for 6-month [package insert].

  • Side Effects
    • The most common side effects of LUPRON DEPOT include hot flashes/sweats; injection site reactions/pain; general pain; swelling; testicular shrinkage; difficulty urinating; fatigue/weakness; headache; and joint, gastrointestinal, and respiratory problems.

    For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.

    Reference:
    LUPRON DEPOT 7.5 mg for
    1-month, 22.5 mg for 3-month,
    30 mg for 4-month, and 45 mg for 6-month [package insert].

  • Helpful Resources

    You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    If you cannot afford your medication, contact www.pparx.org for assistance.

    View the full Prescribing Information for LUPRON DEPOT at www.rxabbvie.com/pdf/
    lupronuro_pi.pdf
    .

    Reference:
    LUPRON DEPOT 7.5 mg for
    1-month, 22.5 mg for 3-month,
    30 mg for 4-month, and 45 mg for 6-month [package insert].

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Safety Facts
  • LUPRON DEPOT 7.5 mg for 1-month, 22.5 mg for 3-month, 30 mg for 4-month, and 45 mg for 6-month administration are prescribed for the palliative treatment of advanced prostate cancer.
  • LUPRON DEPOT is a prescription medication that must be administered in your doctor’s office.
Reference:
LUPRON DEPOT 7.5 mg for 1-month, 22.5 mg for 3-month, 30 mg for 4-month, and 45 mg for 6-month [package insert].

References:

  1. National Cancer Institute. When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute; 2012. NIH
    Publication No. 12–5727.
  2. Lupron Depot® [package insert].