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Follitropin Beta (Injectable)

USES:

This medication is used for the following underlying conditions:

  • to treat infertility in both women and men
  • to induce ovulation
  • to treat hypogonadism

Drug class: Gonadotropins

Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

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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 in the ovaries of women and also helps to produce sperm in men.

Side effects

Common side effects may include bloating, breast tenderness, pain in stomach, vomiting/nausea

Serious side effects may include dizziness, trouble breathing, swelling of ankles/feet/hands, pain in chest, sweating, change in vision, chills/fever, decrease in the amount of urine, weight gain.

It may cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.

Precautions

Following precautions should be taken before using this medication:

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

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

Use of this medication may cause multiple births.

This medication should not be used during pregnancy.

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