This medication is used in combination with FSH for the treatment of infertility in women and helps them to become pregnant.
Drug class: Gonadotropins, Ovulation Stimulators
Route of administration: Subcutaneous
Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES
Is it an OTC drug? NO
Mechanism of action
Recombinant human chorionic gonadotropin acts similar as an analogue of luteinizing hormone which binds to hCG/LH receptors of ovarian cells and works by stimulating the release of mature eggs from the ovaries.
Common side effects may include nausea/vomiting, headache, abdominal pain/swelling, breast tenderness.
Serious side effects may include weakness, change in vision, swelling of hand/ankles/feet, pain in chest, shortness of breath.
It may cause Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS).
Following precautions should be taken before using this medication:
If you are allergic to chorionic gonadotropin or if you have any other allergies.
If you have a medical history of primary ovarian failure, breast/uterus/ovary cancer, thyroid/adrenal gland problems, brain tumor, ovarian cyst, asthma, stroke, heart attack.
Use of this medication may cause multiple births.
It should not be used during pregnancy.