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Are there alternatives to Lupron? Are there alternatives to Lupron?

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Unread 09-17-2008, 12:54 PM
Are there alternatives to Lupron?

I can't take Lupron. I had an allergic reaction to it five years ago, so it's off the list. It's been a while since I checked into what is being used for endo. Are there other drugs, injections, etc.? Thanks.
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Unread 09-17-2008, 01:14 PM
Are there alternatives to Lupron?

A few options I was offered (and declined) along with Lupron were,

Inducing Pseudopregnancy: Oral contraceptives that contain estrogen and progestins mimic a pregnant state and block ovulation. (Progestins are natural or synthetic forms of progesterone). Progestins may also be used alone, since they have specific effects that can cause the endometrial tissue itself to atrophy.

Inducing Pseudomenopause: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists or gestrinone, an anti-progesterone that mimic menopause. They reduce estrogen and progesterone to their lowest level.

Inducing On-going Blockage of Ovulation. Danazol, a derivative of male hormones, is a powerful ovulation blocker.

There are side effects to all, some not very pleasant, but everyone reacts differently, your doc should be able to tell you about alternatives.
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Unread 09-17-2008, 02:14 PM
Are there alternatives to Lupron?

Katgurl,
I had never noticed your signature until today. I don't know if you intended it to be catchy or funny but I like it!

It's crazy how our histories read like a countdown. Glad to see no symptoms, no pain. Have you been without HRT since your hyst? Or did you quit HRT and find relief?

CAMICH,
I was offered daily Lupron Shots recently. Not ready to go there yet. Besides I am already in menopause and on a token amount of HRT.
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Unread 09-17-2008, 11:22 PM
Are there alternatives to Lupron?

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Originally Posted by feelinglighter
Katgurl,
I had never noticed your signature until today. I don't know if you intended it to be catchy or funny but I like it!

It's crazy how our histories read like a countdown. Glad to see no symptoms, no pain. Have you been without HRT since your hyst? Or did you quit HRT and find relief?

CAMICH,
I was offered daily Lupron Shots recently. Not ready to go there yet. Besides I am already in menopause and on a token amount of HRT.
I had my ovaries only out as an alternative to a hyster after many doc visists and a scheduled hysterectomy that the hospital cancelled due to assumed problems providing the level of aftercare they thought I would need due to everything being stuck together, I am almost 2 months out from my last ovary removal surgery and have not taken any HRT, I am 42 and have had no menopause symptoms.
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Unread 09-18-2008, 08:42 AM
Are there alternatives to Lupron?

You're so lucky not to have any menopause symptoms yet at 42! I'm 40 and even on a token dose of HRT I have hot flashes, wicked mood swings and well, its just not right with my body yet!

Mich, I would decline the Lupron if you know you've had an allergic reaction to it. I had horrible mood swings and such when I was taking birth control pills and I won't do it again. I told the specialist that I am seeing that I will not agree to Lupron injections because I do not want to gain anymore weight. Sounds petty, but I cannot stand to gain anymore. I'm already a good 50 pounds overweight as it is! So, do what your gut tells you to do. If you know Lupron is not a healthy choice than don't do it.
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Unread 09-18-2008, 10:41 AM
Are there alternatives to Lupron?

No, I'm not being offered Lupron. My doctor knows I'm allergic, so he has never suggested that or the other injections. I assume the other injections are along the same lines as the Lupron, so there is the potential for a reaction to those as well. Thanks for the concern though.

I was asking because I was hoping something new and improved had come along in the last 5 years. It seems like it is most of the same choices. That's too bad!

I was just asking more out of curiousity. Thanks for the replies.
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