This article talks about a new approach being tried to treat the pain of Endometriosis, by combining aromatase inhibitors with the drug Lupron. This appears to be successful for some women – though of course the side effects and as documented on this site – sometimes the permanent long-lasting side-effects.
The strongest pain medications like narcotics may take care of it for two to three hours, but the pain still comes back.
Now doctors have found a way to relieve the pain with a pill. They’re combining aromatase inhibitors with the endometriosis drug Lupron.
“When you use the combination of these two drugs, you have a better chance,” Dr. Barrueto said.
Dr. Barrueto says aromatase inhibitors block the production of estrogen which suppresses the growth of endometriosis and reduces inflammation.
But the drugs are not without side effects. Some of the most common ones are hot flashes, mood swings and reduced libido.
Dr. Barrueto says 60 percent of patients who use this combined therapy will experience a significant reduction in their pain.
Aromatase inhibitors have been well established in the treatment of breast cancer, a therapy discovered by a Baltimore scientist.
We hope this treatment does lead to increased pain relief, but also hope that doctors continue to do proper tests on items such as bone density tests and monitoring reactions to the drugs.