Brand Names:
Eligard, Lupron, Lupron Depot, Viadur, Depo Lupron

Drug Type: GnRH-agonist, Hormones

Leuprolide acetate

Leuprolide acetate is a drug used for hormone therapy in female birds with reproductive issues related to the need to stop laying eggs. It accomplishes this by stopping the female bird's ovaries from making estrogen and progesterone. Leuprolide acetate is also used in overly aggressive male poultry with excessive sex drives. It acts by preventing their bodies from making more testosterone. Male poultry who receive the injection or implant will usually often initially undergo an increase in testosterone levels for the first week, and start to decline by the end of the second week of treatment.

Leuprolide acetate is a type of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist. The drug is given as an intramuscular (IM) injection or subcutaneously implanted, under the skin. In humans, leuprolide acetate is used for treating prostate cancer in men, endometriosis or uterine fibroids in woman, and early-onset puberty in children.

Typical Dosage: 125-250 µg/kg IM q 2-3 weeks
  • Reduced bone density, resulting in increased risk of fractures
  • Poor feather quality