At least a dozen women yesterday from around Greater Boston said
they were angry to learn that a drug they were all prescribed for
various gynecological problems may be linked to serious, lasting side
effects in scores of others across the country.
women spoke out after reading a series in the Herald about Lupron, a
drug that was designed for men with advanced prostate cancer but is now
widely prescribed for women for many gynecological problems, including
"I would not have taken it if I was
told there would be lingering pain, because it's horrible," said Lisa
Plante, 42, a mother of two in Fall River.
said she received three injections of Lupron three years ago, and has
struggled with strange pains in her joints ever since. She said she
didn't have those pains before taking Lupron.
"I feel like I'm 80. My body is always sore," she said.
Herald series highlighted health problems women have reported after
taking Lupron. One of the most common problems they've reported is
strange, gnawing joint and bone pains.
packaging does list several potential serious side effects, including
memory disorders, depression and a "small loss" of bone mass. But many
of the women are reporting that the drug's side effects don't go away -
even after they stop taking Lupron.
"'My big fear
is my problems will not be reversible," said Elizabeth, 29, a
fund-raiser in Boston who asked that her last name not be used.
said she stopped taking Lupron in June, and has "transient bone pain"
now and depression. The drug's packaging does warn that depression
might be a side effect.
"I am scared to death that I will never feel the same as I did before going on the drug," Elizabeth said.
30-year-old mortgage financer from Weymouth who read the Herald series
said she also is nervous now. She said she has taken Lupron for about
two years and is suffering from "arthritis-like" symptoms.
drug's packaging recommends patients not take the drug for more than
six months, because few studies have been done on patients who have
taken the drug longer than that. However, several of the women who
called the Herald said their doctors have routinely prescribed the drug
for a lot longer than that.
For more information on the Lupron petition: www.delphi.com-afterlupron
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