Menopur

Generic Name: menotropins (MEN-oh-TROE-pins)
Brand Name: Menopur

Menopur is used for:

Treating infertility in women. Menopur is generally used as part of an assisted reproductive technology (ART) program. It may also be used to treat certain conditions as determined by your doctor.

Menopur is combination of hormones. It works by stimulating the ovaries to produce eggs. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is then given to cause ovulation (release of an egg).

Do NOT use Menopur if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Menopur
  • you have a tumor in certain parts of the brain (eg, pituitary gland) or your female organs (eg, ovaries, breast, uterus), an enlarged ovary or ovarian cyst, or ovaries that no longer make eggs (ovarian failure)
  • you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
  • you have abnormal vaginal bleeding where the cause is not known
  • you have thyroid, pituitary, or adrenal gland problems that are not controlled

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Menopur:

Some medical conditions may interact with Menopur. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you or a family member has had a blood clot
  • if you are very overweight
  • if you have asthma, thyroid problems, pituitary gland problems, adrenal gland problems, or bleeding or clotting problems
  • if you have a history of twisting of the ovaries (ovarian torsion), ovarian cysts, or stomach surgery

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Menopur. However, no specific interactions with Menopur are known at this time. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines.

Ask your health care provider if Menopur may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Menopur:

Use Menopur as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Menopur. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Menopur is administered as an injection under the skin (subcutaneously). If you are using Menopur at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • Do not use Menopur if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Menopur, contact your doctor to find out what to do.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Menopur.

Important safety information:

  • This drug may raise the chance of getting pregnant with more than one baby. The risk of pregnancy outside of the womb (ectopic pregnancy) is also raised. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • This drug may cause enlarged ovaries. If your ovaries get too big, your doctor may tell you that you should not have sex. This may cause an ovarian cyst to burst. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Use of this drug may raise the risk of severe side effects (eg, blood clots, lung problems, ovarian cysts that burst). Blood clots have sometimes led to the loss of an arm or leg. Rarely, these side effects have been deadly. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • This drug may raise the risk of ovarian torsion in women with certain conditions. This can cause damage to the ovary by cutting off blood flow. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is a severe side effect that may happen in some women who use this drug. OHSS can cause blood clots or can cause fluid to build in the stomach, chest, or heart. Call your doctor right away if you have severe or persistent stomach pain or bloating, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; sudden weight gain; shortness of breath; or decreased urination.
  • If you have used medicines like Menopur more than 1 time to get pregnant, the risk of having tumors in your ovaries may be raised.
  • You will need to have ultrasounds done while using Menopur. This will be used to watch for enlarged ovaries.
  • Lab tests, including hormone levels and pregnancy tests, may be performed while you use Menopur. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Menopur may cause harm to the fetus. If you suspect that you could be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if Menopur is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Menopur, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Menopur:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Headache; nausea; pain, swelling, heat, or redness at the injection site; stomach cramps, fullness, or pain; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); breast pain or enlarged breasts; calf, leg, or arm pain, swelling, redness or tenderness; change in balance; change in color of skin to a bluish color (eg, on the lips, nail beds, fingers, toes); changes in speech or vision; chest, jaw, or arm pain; confusion; coughing up blood; fainting; fast breathing; fast heartbeat; flu-like symptoms; one-sided weakness; pale skin; shortness of breath; sudden, severe nausea or vomiting; unusual sweating; weakness; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Menopur:

Before mixing, store Menopur refrigerated or at room temperature, between 37 and 77 degrees F (3 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Use right away after mixing. Discard any unused medicine. Keep Menopur, as well as needles and syringes, out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Menopur, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Menopur is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Menopur or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Menopur. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Menopur. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Menopur.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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