Follitropin alfa solution
Generic Name: follitropin alfa (FALL-lee-tro-pin)
Brand Name: Gonal-f RFF Pen
Follitropin alfa solution is used for:
Treating infertility in certain women. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
This is a fertility medicine that helps develop eggs in the ovaries in women trying to become pregnant. Follitropin alfa solution is usually used with fertility programs and other fertility medicines.
Do NOT use follitropin alfa solution if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in follitropin alfa solution
- you have primary ovarian failure (eg, your ovaries do not make eggs)
- you have uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal problems
- you have hormone-sensitive tumors
- you have pituitary tumor or other brain lesion or tumor
- you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
- you have cancer in your female organs (eg, ovaries, breast, uterus)
- you have heavy or irregular bleeding from your uterus or vagina
- you have ovarian cysts or enlargement, not due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using follitropin alfa solution:
Some medical conditions may interact with follitropin alfa solution. Tell your health care provider 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 have urinary tract bleeding
- if you have an adrenal gland or thyroid problem
- if you have blood clotting or breathing problems (eg, asthma)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with follitropin alfa solution. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines.
Ask your health care provider if follitropin alfa solution 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 follitropin alfa solution:
Use follitropin alfa solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with follitropin alfa solution. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Follitropin alfa solution is sometimes used at home as an injection. Use follitropin alfa solution exactly as prescribed. Do not change the dose unless your doctor tells you to. Your doctor will tell you the number of units of the pen to use each day and the number of days to use the same pen.
- Follitropin alfa solution is an injection given under the skin. Your doctor or health care provider will instruct you as to how to inject yourself. Do not use follitropin alfa solution at home until your health care provider has shown you the correct way.
- Make sure that you understand how to properly prepare and measure your dose. If you have any questions about preparing or measuring the dose, contact your health care provider.
- Prime the pen before the first use. You only need to prime the first time you use a new pen.
- Do not touch the needle or allow it to touch any surface.
- Allow the liquid solution to come to room temperature before you inject.
- Check that the liquid is clear before you inject. Do not use the injection if it contains any particles. Report this to your health care provider immediately.
- It is normal for a small amount of drug to be left over in the medicine pen. Discard any remaining medicine in the pen after your injection.
- If you are traveling, keep the pen away from light and extreme temperatures.
- If you use too much medicine in the pen, call your health care provider at once.
- Do not share pen or cartridge devices with another person. Sharing these devices may pass infections from one person to another. This includes infections you may not know you have.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and 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 follitropin alfa solution, do not double the dose. Contact your doctor if to find out when you should take your next dose.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use follitropin alfa solution.
Important safety information:
- Follitropin alfa solution may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use follitropin alfa solution with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- You will need to have a complete gynecological and hormone evaluation prior to starting therapy with follitropin alfa solution. Your partner should be evaluated for fertility problems.
- Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is a severe side effect that may occur in some patients who use follitropin alfa solution. Contact your doctor right away if you develop severe stomach pain or bloating; nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; sudden unexplained weight gain; shortness of breath; or decreased urination.
- Follitropin alfa solution may cause multiple births (eg, twins). Talk with your doctor to discuss your chances of multiple births.
- Lab tests, including ultrasound or drawing an estradiol level, may be performed while you use follitropin alfa solution. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Follitropin alfa solution should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use follitropin alfa solution if you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use follitropin alfa solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of follitropin alfa solution:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Breast pain; discomfort, pain, or mild bruising at the injection site; headache; mild stomach pain or nausea; sinus inflammation; sore throat; stuffy nose.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); abnormal vaginal bleeding; calf pain or tenderness; chest pain; confusion; decreased urination; diarrhea; fever; one-sided weakness; severe or persistent stomach pain, upset, or bloating; severe or persistent nausea; severe pelvic or back pain; shortness of breath; slurred speech; sudden, unexplained weight gain; unusual vaginal itching, discharge, or odor ; vision changes; vomiting.
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. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea; severe headache; severe stomach pain or swelling; vomiting; weakness; weight gain.Proper storage of follitropin alfa solution:
Store follitropin alfa solution in the refrigerator (36 to 46 degrees F; 2 to 8 degrees C) until the expiration date. It can be kept at room temperature (68 to 77 degrees F; 20 to 25 degrees C) for up to 1 month or until the expiration date, whichever comes first. Protect from light. Do not freeze. Keep follitropin alfa solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about follitropin alfa solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Follitropin alfa solution 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 follitropin alfa solution 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 follitropin alfa solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to follitropin alfa solution. 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 follitropin alfa solution.
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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