A 37-year-old male asked:
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lupron (leuprolide) depot not covered by ins.. pharmacy will not accept medication discount from drug company. any lower cost alternatives for tx of endometriosis?

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Dr. Timothy Raichle
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lupron (leuprolide) is not alone: Endometriosis is a common cause of cyclic pelvic pain. It is linked to your menstrual cycle, so attempts to suppress your cycle should help with pain related to endomtriosis. Hormonal therapies including birth control pills, NuvaRing and the depo-shot should be re-considered. Also, these combined with nsaids (ibuprofen-like medications) should be considered.
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Christina Adberg
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Endo: First off, i wouldn't give up so easily. Call the pharmaceutical company and ask for help obtaining your prescription from a different pharmacy. But if that fails, there are other less effective options: Depo-Provera provera, (medroxyprogesterone) continuous low dose birth control pills, and danocrine. And, i've seen people get pain relief from acupuncture! also an herbal supplement called "pine bark extract" may help.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017

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Never say never: but that would be incredibly rare. Good wishes.

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