FOLLITROPIN BETA

Description: Follitropin beta is a human FSH preparation, which works in women by helping the ovaries to produce and release mature eggs.  It works in men by helping the testicles to produce sperm.

Pharmacokinetics:

Absorption: 76% (IM); 78% (SC).

Excretion: Elimination haIf-life: 44 hr (IM; single dose), 27-30 hr (IM; multiple doses); 33 hr (SC; single dose).

This medication is used to treat certain fertility problems in women and men. In women, it increases the chance of ovulation and/or pregnancy.  It is also used to increase sperm production in certain men.

 

This medication is not recommended for women whose ovaries no longer make eggs properly (primary ovarian failure) or for men whose testes no longer make sperm properly (primary testicular failure).

 

This is a prescription only drug.

 

How to use follitropin beta injection:

Read the Patient Information Leaflet before starting this medication and each time you get a refill of this medication because new information may be available. Learn all the preparation and usage instructions in the product package. You will be trained by a healthcare professional on how to properly use this medication. If any of the information is unclear, consult your healthcare professional.

 

There are different follitropin products available, but they are not interchangeable, and the doses may be different. Do not switch to a different brand or type without your doctor’s approval.

 

Inject this medication under the skin or into a muscle as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.

 

Wash your hands with soap and water before using this medication. Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. It is important to change the location of the injection site each time to avoid discomfort and problem areas under the skin.

 

If the medication is stored in the refrigerator, allow the medication to warm to room temperature before use.

 

Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.

 

Use this medication exactly as directed by your doctor in order to get the most benefit from it. Do not change the dose or use this drug for a longer period than prescribed unless instructed by your doctor.

 

Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist for more information.

Pregnancy Risk: Category X (Not for use in pregnancy)

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking follicle stimulating hormone:

More common

  • Abdominal or stomach pain that is severe
  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • severe nausea or vomiting
  • stomach or pelvic discomfort, aching, or heaviness
  • weight gain that is rapid

Less common

  • Heavy non-menstrual vaginal bleeding
  • redness, pain, or swelling at the injection site
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Some of the side effects that can occur with follicle stimulating hormone may not need medical attention:

More common

  • Blemishes on the skin
  • headache
  • pimples

Less common

  • Body aches or pain
  • chills
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • dizziness
  • dry skin
  • fast or racing heart
  • fever
  • hair loss
  • hives
  • quick or shallow breathing
  • rash

swelling of the breasts or breast soreness in both females and males

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other products containing follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), or to streptomycin, or neomycin; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

 

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: abnormal bleeding from the vagina or uterus, thyroid problems, adrenal gland problems, cancer of the reproductive organs (breast, uterus, ovary, testis), tumors in the brain (e.g., pituitary tumor), ovarian cysts or enlargement, other fertility problems (e.g., primary ovarian failure).

 

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: blood clots, stroke, certain heart diseases (e.g., heart attacks), lung problems (e.g., asthma).

 

Multiple births may occur because of this treatment.

 

Stop using this medication when you become pregnant. This medication must not be used during pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately.

 

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the possible harm to a nursing infant, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

 

Interactions

 

 

Some products that may interact with this drug include: gonadorelin.

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.. Symptoms of overdose may include: fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, seizures.

 

 

 

Notes

Laboratory tests and/or medical tests (e.g., vaginal ultrasound, hormone levels, semen test) will be performed to monitor your progress.

 

It is important to keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments so your doctor can closely monitor your response to help reduce the risk of serious side effects and determine the timing of your hCG dose.

 

Do not share this medication with others.

 

Missed Dose

For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

 

Storage

Store unopened vials in the refrigerator between 36-46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not freeze. Discard any unused portion of the vial.

 

Brief storage at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) is permitted for up to three months. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

 

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

 

Brands

 

There are no brands containing this molecule.

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