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Follitropin Alfa

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Pronounced

"foll-ih-TROH-pin"

Common brand names:

Gonal-F

Uses

This medication contains follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and is used to treat certain fertility problems in women. Follitropin alfa helps stimulate healthy ovaries to produce eggs. This medication is usually used in combination with another hormone (hCG) to bring about the growth and release of a mature egg (ovulation).

This medication is not recommended for women whose ovaries no longer make eggs properly (primary ovarian failure).

How to Use This Medication

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using follitropin alfa and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional and the product package. Follow the instructions for adding the mixing liquid to the medication. Do not shake the vial. Once mixed, use the liquid right away.

Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.

Inject this medication under the skin or into a muscle as directed by your doctor, usually once a day. Your doctor may direct you to use this medication in a treatment cycle (for example, only on certain days each month). Carefully follow your doctor's instructions.

Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and lab tests.

Use this medication exactly as directed by your doctor to get the most benefit from it. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed.

Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely.

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