This medication is used for underlying conditions:
- To induce ovulation
- To regulate menstruation
- To treat infertility in women
- To treat hypogonadism
Drug class: Gonadotropins, Ovulation stimulator
Route of administration: Intramuscular
Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES
Is it an OTC drug? NO
Mechanism of action
It works by producing progesterone as it stimulates corpus luteal cells of the ovary in women.
It acts similar to LH to produce testosterone by stimulating Leydig cells in men.
Common side effects may include:
- pelvic/stomach pain
- Serious side effects may include:
- swelling of feet/ankles
- early puberty signs in boys( acne, facial/pubic hair)
- rash/itching or hives
- trouble breathing
- chest pain
Following precautions should be taken before taking this medication:
If you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies.
If you have a medical history of primary ovarian failure, congestive heart failure, migraine, asthma, renal disease, epilepsy, precocious puberty in boys.
It may cause multiple births when used with menotropins to treat infertility.
It should be avoided during pregnancy.