What is this medicine?
FOLLITROPIN ALFA (fol li TROE pin AL fa) helps stimulate the development of eggs within the ovary. It is used to treat women who have not been able to become pregnant because of problems with ovulation. This drug is also used in certain in vitro fertilization programs. For some men with infertility, this medicine helps to stimulate the production of sperm.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional with experience in managing fertility disorders in a hospital or clinic setting.
If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
any unusual symptoms or pain of penis or testes
breast enlargement in males
pain, swelling, warmth in the leg
passing small amounts of urine
rapid weight gain
stomach area or pelvic pain or bloating
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
mood changes, such as irritability, restless feelings, or anger
pain, irritation, or inflammation at site where injected
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
What if I miss a dose?
Try not to miss a dose. If you do miss a dose, call your doctor or health care professional for advice.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store powder in the refrigerator or at room temperature between 2 and 25 degrees C (36 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. After the powder is dissolved, the multi-dose vial and the pen may be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature between 2 and 25 degrees C (36 and 77 degrees F) for up to 28 days. Single use vials should be used immediately after the powder is dissolved. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
abnormal or unusual vaginal bleeding
brain tumor or certain other kinds of cancer
conditions affecting your adrenal gland or thyroid gland
enlarged ovaries or ovarian cyst
failure of the ovaries to produce eggs
obstruction of the fallopian tubes
an unusual or allergic reaction to follitropin, other hormones, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.
It is important to keep all records required by your health care professional on body temperature and intercourse, and to carefully follow any directions for urine or blood testing or ultrasound exams. If you think you have become pregnant, contact your doctor or health care professional at once.
Certain fertility treatments increase your chances of having multiple babies, like twins or triplets.
If abdominal pain occurs while you are using this medicine, discontinue treatment and call your doctor or health care professional immediately. Do not use the injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and avoid sexual intercourse.