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Follitropin alpha (Injectable)

USES:

This medication is used for the following underlying conditions:

  • to treat infertility in both women and men
  • to induce ovulation
  • to stimulate spermatogenesis
  • to treat insufficient secretion of gonadotropins causing hypogonadism

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

This medication mainly consists of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and it is used in combination with human chorionic gonadotropin (another hormone) which helps in the growth and development of eggs from the ovaries of women and also helps to produce sperm in men.

Side effects

Common side effects may include pain in the stomach, bloating, diarrhea, headache, pain at the injection site, breast tenderness, acne.

Serious side effects may include vaginal bleeding, dizziness, trouble breathing, swelling of ankles/feet/hands, pain in chest, sweating, change in vision, nausea/vomiting, chills/fever, decrease in the amount of urine, rapid weight gain, rash/itching, swelling on face/tongue/throat.

It may cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).

Precautions

Following precautions should be taken before using this medication:

If you are allergic to FSH or if you have any other allergies.

If you a medical history of breast/uterus/ovary cancer, irregular vaginal bleeding, brain tumor, heart attack, asthma, stroke, thyroid problem, adrenal gland problem, ovarian cyst, enlargement of ovaries

Use of this medication may cause multiple births.

This medication should not be used during pregnancy.

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