Menotropins

Generic Name: menotropins (MEN-oh-troh-pinz)
Brand Name: Menopur

Menotropins is used for:

Treating infertility in women. Menotropins is generally used as part of an Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) program. It may also be used to treat certain conditions as determined by your doctor.

Menotropins 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). It also stimulates sperm production in men with certain types of infertility.

Do NOT use menotropins if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in menotropins
  • you have an abnormal growth in the brain (eg, pituitary gland tumor) or reproductive system
  • you are pregnant, or have an enlarged ovary or ovarian failure
  • you have undiagnosed abnormal uterine bleeding
  • you have uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal gland problems

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

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Before using menotropins:

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

  • if you 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 have liver or kidney problems, thyroid or adrenal gland problems, or bleeding problems (eg, hemorrhage)

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

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if menotropins 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 menotropins:

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

  • Menotropins is usually administered as an injection under the skin (subcutaneously) at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using menotropins at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If menotropins contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before preparing for an injection.
  • To use menotropins, draw up diluent into a syringe. Add the diluent to the powder by slowly pushing in the plunger of the syringe. Mix the solution by slowly rotating the container. Do not shake.
  • Draw up the solution for injection. Use a different syringe or needle for the injection. Needles with higher gauge (25 g or higher) are smaller and less painful to the patient. Be sure all air bubbles are tapped out of the syringe.
  • Wipe the site with an alcohol swab and then insert the syringe through the skin at the appropriate injection site (usually the upper thigh or buttocks). While holding the syringe in place, pull back on the plunger of the syringe to be sure the needle is not in a vein.
  • If the syringe begins to fill with blood, the needle is in a vein. If this happens, remove the needle from the skin, throw the syringe away, and start the procedure again using new materials (eg, medicine, syringes).
  • After giving the injection, cover the site with a small bandage if necessary.
  • If you miss a dose of menotropins, contact your doctor for instructions.

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

Important safety information:

  • Menotropins may cause dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to menotropins. Using menotropins alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain local regulations for selecting an appropriate container and properly disposing of the container when full.
  • Using menotropins may result in a pregnancy with multiple fetuses (eg, twins). Discuss this possibility with your doctor.
  • You will be given a thorough evaluation before using menotropins. Pregnancy must be ruled out before you use menotropins.
  • LAB TESTS, including hormone levels and pregnancy tests, may be required to monitor your progress. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use menotropins with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Menotropins is not recommended for use in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use menotropins if you are or become pregnant. If you suspect that you could be pregnant, contact your doctor. It is unknown if menotropins is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using menotropins, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of menotropins:

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:

Abdominal pain; back pain; breast enlargement; chills; dizziness; fever; flu-like symptoms; flushing; general body discomfort; headache; menstrual changes; muscle or joint pain; pain or rash at the injection site.

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); abdominal bloating; changes in speech or vision; chest pain; decreased urination; diarrhea; fast heartbeat; nausea; one-sided weakness; severe abdominal pain; severe headache; shortness of breath; sudden leg pain; vomiting; weakness; weight gain; 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 menotropins:

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about menotropins, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Menotropins 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 menotropins 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 menotropins. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to menotropins. 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 menotropins.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
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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