Get the right start to your Lupron treatment

Whenever you start something new, whether it's going on a trip or fixing up your house. it's always good to prepare. The same is true for starting treatment with LUPRON DEPOT. Taking steps at the beginning of the treatment, like knowing what to expect, learning all you can, and even joining a support group, can help you throughout treatment. Take a look at some suggestions and information we put together for you.

What to expect at the start of treatment

While LUPRON DEPOT ultimately reduces testosterone in your body, during the first few weeks of therapy, your testosterone levels may rise before they fall. You may experience temporary new or worsening symptoms of prostate cancer, including urinary symptoms and bone pain1,2.  Notify your doctor if you develop any new or worsened symptoms after beginning LUPRON DEPOT treatment.

If your cancer has spread to the spine or urinary tract, urinary blockage or pressure in 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 LUPRON DEPOT therapy, which is why it’s important to notify your doctor if you develop new or worsened symptoms after beginning treatment.1

Remember, every man is different, so it is not possible to predict exactly what will happen in your body. However, after a few weeks of LUPRON DEPOT therapy, your testosterone levels should decrease.1

Tips for a better Lupron treatment experience


Making the choice to treat your advanced prostate cancer can have its rewards and its challenges. To help yourself have the best possible treatment experience, take an active role in your therapy. These suggestions may help.

  • If you start experiencing side effects, don't be silent. Talk to your doctor. He or she may have some ideas for helping to manage side effects. It’s also important to let your healthcare team know if you experience new or worsening symptoms

  • Stay committed to your LUPRON DEPOT therapy by going to all of your appointments. Get all the doses you are prescribed so you can get the most from your LUPRON DEPOT therapy.

  • If you miss an appointment, schedule another one as soon as you can. If scheduling is a problem, talk to your doctor about any options he or she may have.

  • Get monitored regularly to check your progress. During your scheduled visit, your Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) should be tested (see below), and some doctors may also test your blood for testosterone levels to help your doctor determine how LUPRON DEPOT is working1

Keep focused on the positive aspects of your life and the time you can spend with family and friends

Taking an active role in your treatment plan may help you feel more in control of what you're going through.

Keep track of your test scores with this handy chart

We’ve created a blank chart you can download and use to keep track of important test results, including your PSA, testosterone, and cholesterol levels, and your blood pressure. Just download the PDF, print it out, and bring it with you to your doctor’s office.

Download the test Scores Tracker


You will need Adobe® Acrobat Reader® to view the Test Score Tracker.
To download the free reader, click the icon to the right.



Keep an open dialogue with your doctor

 

Good communication is a key part of any relationship, and the relationship that you have with your doctor can make a difference during treatment. 

Use your doctor visits as an opportunity to voice any concerns or questions you may have about your condition, including any change in symptoms, your LUPRON DEPOT therapy, or side effects. Don’t hold back. If your doctor doesn’t know what you’re feeling or thinking, he or she can’t help you.

Be sure to always mention any new conditions you become aware of and if you’re considering taking any new supplements. Be sure to have that conversation before you take any prescribed or over-the-counter medications

      TIPS FOR TALKING WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE TEAM3

  • 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. Be sure to also keep a list of all medications you have been prescribed and are taking.

  • Make notes of any new or worsening symptoms or side effects you may experience, including when and where they occur, and report them to your doctor.

Talking to your doctor 

SYMPTOMS THAT I'M HAVING

It’s important to let your doctor know about all the symptoms you’re experiencing so they can be addressed.
Some symptoms advanced prostate cancer may cause include:4

Problems urinating (slow or weak stream, need to urinate more often, especially at night) 

Loss of bladder or bowel control

Trouble getting an erection

Pain in the hips, spine, or ribs

Weakness or numbness in your legs or feet

Loss of bladder or bowel control

SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO ASK: 
  • What does "advanced prostate cancer" mean for me?

  • How long will I be on LUPRON DEPOT treatment?

  • What side effects can I expect? What can I do
    about them?

  • Will my daily life be affected? Are there things I
    should stop doing?

  • What are the signs that the treatment is working?

  • How will other medicines or supplements affect
    my treatment?

 

  • What else can I do to stay healthy with diet or
    exercise?

  • What is my risk of recurrence after therapy?

  • What will you do for follow-up after treatment is
    completed?

  • How often will you check my PSA and testosterone
    levels?

  • Can you refer me to a mental health professional if I
    need help?

Taking care of yourself before and during treatment2

 

Along with LUPRON DEPOT your doctor may have suggested other ways to help you stay healthier, like eating right, or starting or keeping up an exercise routine.

It’s always important to take care of yourself and do all that you can to keep healthy. The following tips can help you make good choices when it comes to eating and physical activity. Your doctor and/or dietician can help provide specific recommendations, and remember those suggestions are to help you, so do your best to follow the recommended plan.

HEALTHY EATING

The National Cancer Institute notes that eating well should be an important part of your care plan. So, work with your doctor to make sure that you2:

  • Eat the right amount of calories

  • Have enough daily protein

STAYING ACTIVE

Being physically active is one of the best things you can do for your body, especially as you age. The Prostate Cancer Foundation and the National Institute on Aging suggest:5,6

  • Endurance training, such as brisk walking, jogging, or dancing

  • Resistance or light weight training

Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any type of exercise routine.

Ask your doctor to see if he or she can suggest any wellness programs for you.

All about insurance

 

MOST PRIVATE INSURERS AND MEDICARE COVER LUPRON DEPOT THERAPY

Before you begin therapy, be sure to check with Medicare or your health insurance provider to verify coverage amounts and any out-of-pocket costs. If you are concerned about the costs and insurance coverage of your LUPRON DEPOT therapy, talk to someone on your healthcare team  for more information. We have years of experience helping men navigate insurance copays and questions, and we will work with your doctor’s office to make sure you get the financial help for which you’re eligible. 

NEED HELP WITH TREATMENT COSTS?

If you need help paying for your LUPRON DEPOT therapy, there are several other programs available to help cover costs. Even if your dose changes, you can still continue to get help with payment. 

AbbVie Patient Assistance Foundation

www.abbviepaf.org

1-800-222-6885

AbbVie Inc., the company that distributes LUPRON DEPOT, also provides a Lupron Patient Assistance Program (LPAP) to help qualified patients, based on income, obtain LUPRON DEPOT through their doctor. LPAP will review your qualifications to determine your eligibility and ship LUPRON DEPOT directly to your doctor’s office if you are eligible. To learn more, call or visit the website.



Medicare Savings Program

www.medicare.gov

Every state has programs for people with limited income and resources. These programs pay Medicare premiums and, in some cases, may also pay Medicare deductibles and coinsurance. Thanks to these programs, millions of people with Medicare save money each year. To learn more about Medicare Savings programs in your state, visit the Medicare website.



Co-Pay Relief Program

www.copays.org

1-866-512-3861

You may be eligible for the Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief (CPR) Program, which provides direct co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products to insured Americans who financially and medically qualify. If you are eligible, the program will connect you to a CPR counselor, who offers personal service and guidance. For more details, call or visit the website.



ZERO Co-pay Assistance Program

https://zerocancer.org/get-support/cancer-costs/financial-resources/

1-202-463-9455

Known as the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer, ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.



Make more informed decisions by learning all you can about prostate cancer

How LUPRON DEPOT works

While LUPRON DEPOT is not a cure. It has been used to manage advanced prostate cancer for over 25 years

Find the right support groups

Support groups can really be beneficial during treatment. Get some tips that can help you find your perfect match.

Keep track of your test scores

Download this handy chart to
help you organize and record
your important test scores. 

Use 1

  • LUPRON DEPOT® (leuprolide acetate for depot suspension) 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.

Important Safety Information1

  • LUPRON DEPOT is not for people who have had any type of allergic reaction to LUPRON DEPOT or similar drugs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Regular blood tests are needed to check your testosterone and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.
  • LUPRON DEPOT may cause fetal harm if administered to a pregnant woman.
  • LUPRON DEPOT may cause impotence.
  • The most common side effects of LUPRON DEPOT include hot flashes/sweats; injection site reaction/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.

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.

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Please click here for Full Prescribing information.

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References: 1. LUPRON DEPOT® [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc. 2. National Cancer Institute. Prostate Cancer Treatment (PDQ [insert R ball])-Patient Version. Available at https://www.cancer.gov/types/prostate/patient/prostate-treatment-pdq?redirect=true#section/all. Accessed December 6, 2018. 3. National Cancer Institute. When someone you love has advanced cancer. NIH Publication No. 12-5757. Available at https://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/When-Someone-You-Love-Has-Advanced-Cancer.pdf. Accessed March 14, 2018. _4. American Cancer Society. Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer. Available at https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/_detection-diagnosis-staging/signs-symptoms.html. Accessed March 14, 2018. 5. National Institute on Aging at NIH, Go4Life. 4 types of exercise. Available at https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/4-types-exercise. Accessed March 14, 2018. 6. Prostate Cancer Foundation. Exercise for Prostate Cancer. Available at: https://www.pcf.org/patient-resources/living-prostate-cancer/exercise-prostate-cancer/.  Accessed:  December 6, 2018. 7. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Orange Book detail search. Available at: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/ob/search_product.cfm. Accessed March 16, 2018. 

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION1

  • LUPRON DEPOT® (leuprolide acetate for depot suspension) is not for people who have had any type of allergic reaction to LUPRON DEPOT or similar drugs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Regular blood tests are needed to check your testosterone and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

  • LUPRON DEPOT may cause fetal harm if administered to a pregnant woman.

  • LUPRON DEPOT may cause impotence.

  • The most common side effects of LUPRON DEPOT include hot flashes/sweats; injection site reaction/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.

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.

Please click here for Full Prescribing information.

 

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  • 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.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION1

LUPRON DEPOT® (leuprolide acetate for depot suspension) is not for people who have had any type of allergic reaction to LUPRON DEPOT or similar drugs. 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 

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION1

  • LUPRON DEPOT is not for people who have had any type of allergic reaction to LUPRON DEPOT or similar drugs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Regular blood tests are needed to check your testosterone and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.
  • LUPRON DEPOT may cause fetal harm if administered to a pregnant woman.
  • LUPRON DEPOT may cause impotence.
  • The most common side effects of LUPRON DEPOT include hot flashes/sweats; injection site reaction/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.

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.

US-LUPR-181868

Please click here for Full Prescribing information.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION1

LUPRON DEPOT® (leuprolide acetate for depot suspension) is not for people who have had any type of allergic reaction to LUPRON DEPOT or similar drugs. LUPRON DEPOT causes an increase in testosterone during the first few weeks of therapy.

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