luteinizing hormone–releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist

Description

A drug that stimulates the pituitary gland to produce more luteinizing hormone (LH).

The pituitary gland produces luteinizing hormone (LH), which in turn stimulates the testicles to produce testosterone. A LHRH agonist causes the pituitary gland to overproduce LH until it eventually stops responding to the drug. When the pituitary gland stops producing LH, the testicles stop producing testosterone.

Also called LHRH agonist.