Successes and failures of uterine leiomyoma drug discovery

Mohamed Ali, Zunir Tayyeb Chaudhry, Ayman Al-Hendy

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Introduction: To-date, the only cure for symptomatic uterine fibroids (UFs) is surgical intervention. However, surgery may eliminate the hope of future pregnancies; moreover, the intrinsic risks of surgery make it a less favorable to women with UFs. Because of this, conservative medical therapies have become an attractive and prior option for those women. Leuprolide acetate (LA), a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist, is the only pharmacological agent currently approved for the short-term and pre-operative management of symptomatic UFs in the USA. Areas covered: This systematic review covers the successes and failures of prominent drugs that have been researched for UFs in the past and agents that have shown promise in recent clinical trials. The most recent clinical trials and advances in drug therapy are presented in a comprehensive overview outlining the direction UF drug discovery is heading. Expert opinion: Experts in the field are already on the forefront leading the responsibility to uncover potential drugs as long term fertility friendly viable options for non-invasive treatment/prevention of UFs. Indeed, a shift in the UF management is expected in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-177
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Opinion on Drug Discovery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • GnRH agonist
  • GnRH antagonist
  • SPRMs
  • Uterine fibroids
  • fertility preservation
  • leiomyoma
  • medical myomectomy
  • prevention
  • treatment
  • vitamin D analogs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery


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