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Fertil Steril. 1990 Sep;54(3):419-27.

Lupron depot (leuprolide acetate for depot suspension) in the treatment of endometriosis: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Lupron Study Group.

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Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Henry Ford Medical Center, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 48236-3618.


The safety and efficacy of leuprolide acetate (LA) for depot suspension (Lupron depot; TAP Pharmaceuticals, North Chicago, IL), 3.75 mg versus placebo, in the treatment of pain associated with endometriosis was assessed in a randomized, double-blind, multicenter study involving 52 patients. Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain, and pelvic tenderness all responded significantly to LA treatment in comparison with placebo. Menses were suppressed in all of the LA patients. Estradiol decreased significantly to menopausal levels in the LA group. There were small to moderate changes in a variety of laboratory parameters, but these were not clinically significant. The most common adverse event was vasodilatation, occurring significantly more frequently in the LA group. Lupron depot was shown to be safe and effective in inducing a hormonal and menstrual suppression in patients with endometriosis, resulting in alleviation of pain symptoms.

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