Like many drugs, Lupron comes with inserts warning of a number of potentially serious side effects, including: depression, joint disorders plus loss of bone density, or osteoporosis.
Yet none of the warnings - except for bone loss - state the side effects might continue long after stopping use of the drug.
However, seven of the women interviewed for this story say they suffered memory loss and bone aches while on Lupron, and that the problems continue years after stopping the drug. Some say seizures and serious vision problems that started while on Lupron also haven't gone away.
The results of a new study suggest that side effects of tamoxifen, a breast cancer drug, can lead to decreased cognitive abilities and memory loss.
Women who took tamoxifen for a year or more were found to score lower on verbal memory and executive functioning tests, according to researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. Their results were published this month in the online version of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Co-STAR showed "specific impairments in processing speed and verbal memory in women receiving hormonal therapy for the treatment of breast cancer".