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From: "Tressie"
Date: 2011-05-24 09:44:07 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Is Lupron Alone enough?

I have used oral liquid melatonin for a number of years because our vets here do not use melatonin implants.

For it to be effective it must be given daily, 7-9 hours after sunrise without fail. If you cannot manage that because you work outside the home, etc. then it may not work.

The dose is 1mg. Check the bottle carefully because it may be a higher concentration. For example, I use Vivitas oral melatonin and it comes at 3mg/mL - so I have to administer 0.33mL.

Used in combination with monthly Lupron Depot it manages adrenal disease symptoms quite well.

An alternative that is more cost effective is to get a Deslorelin implant. It costs more initially but over time it is less expensive. For example, in my region (i.e. Nova Scotia, Canada) the Deslorelin implant including taxes, sedation and office visit is $160.00. Whereas, the 100 mcg. monthly Lupron Depot costs $70.00 plus $100.00 for an office visit. Oral melatonin is $18.00 for a bottle that lasts approximately 4 months. Note, costs vary considerably regionally.

You can give oral melatonin with the Deslorelin implant as well. Deslorelin implants last anywhere from 8 - 24 months. On average I have found it to last a year, with exceptions at either end (i.e. shortest duration was 9 mths. - longest 18 mths.).

I wouldn't delay getting the Lupron Depot, especially a male is at high risk for blocking with unmanaged adrenal disease. That is an emergency condition that without treatment will result in an agonizing death within 10 hours.

Good luck!



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