Follitropin alfa is a man-made form of a follicle stimulating hormone that occurs naturally in the body. This hormone regulates ovulation, the growth and development of eggs in a woman’s ovaries.
Follitropin alfa is used to treat infertility in women who cannot ovulate and do not have primary ovarian failure.
Follitropin alfa is also used to stimulate sperm production in men.
Follitropin alfa is often used together with another medication called human chorionic gonadotropin(hCG).
Follitropin alfa may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Some women using this medicine have developed a sudden buildup of fluid in the stomach or chest area. This condition is called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), and can be a life-threatening. Avoid having sex and call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms of OHSS:
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Follitropin alfa and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Do not use this medication if you are already pregnant. Your doctor may give you a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant before you receive Follitropin alfa.
Follitropin alfa is not effective in women with primary ovarian failure or in men with primary testicular failure.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to Follitropin alfa, neomycin (Mycifradin, Neo-Fradin) or streptomycin, or if you have an untreated or uncontrolled endocrine disorder (thyroid, pituitary gland, or adrenal gland), heavy or abnormal vaginal bleeding that has not been checked by a doctor, an ovarian cyst, or cancer of the breast, ovary, uterus, or testicle.
Before using Follitropin alfa, tell your doctor if you have polycystic ovary disease, asthma, or a history of stroke or blood clot.
You should not breast-feed while you are using Follitropin alfa.
Avoid having sex and call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms of a fluid buildup in your stomach or chest area: severe pain in your lower stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, feeling short of breath, swelling or weight gain, or urinating less than usual.
Fertility treatment may increase your chance of having twins, triplets, etc (multiple births). These are high-risk pregnancies both for the mother and the babies. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about this risk.
You must remain under the care of a doctor while using Follitropin alfa.
Follitropin alfa is injected under the skin or into a muscle. You will be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
The cartridge and injection pen are used only for an injection under the skin. Follicle stimulating hormone in a vial (bottle) is for injection into a muscle using a syringe.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Prepare your syringe or injection pen only when you are ready to give yourself an injection. Do not use the medication if it looks cloudy or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Use a disposable needle only once. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
If you use Follitropin alfa to get pregnant, you may need to have sex daily for several days in a row. The timing of sex within your dosing schedule is important for this treatment to work.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. You may also need ultrasound exams. Visit your doctor regularly.
Storing unopened vials, cartridges, or injection pens: Keep in the carton and store in a refrigerator or at room temperature. Do not freeze. Protect from light and use within 3 months.
Storing after your first use: Keep the vial, cartridge, or injection pen at room temperature or in the refrigerator and use within 28 days. Protect from light.
Take the injection pen out of the refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature before giving the injection. Do not heat the medicine before using.
Throw away any unused vial, cartridge, or pen after the expiration date on the label has passed.
Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
Follow your doctor’s instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
There may be other drugs that can interact with follicle stimulating hormone. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.