cetrorelix - injection, Cetrotide
GENERIC NAME: CETRORELIX - INJECTION (SE-troe-REL-ix)
BRAND NAME(S): Cetrotide
USES: Cetrorelix is used in women having certain fertility treatments (controlled ovarian stimulation). This medication prevents eggs from being released too early (premature ovulation) by blocking the hormone (gonadotropin-releasing hormone-GnRH) that causes eggs to be released from the ovaries. This gives the eggs time to develop properly.This medication is usually used with another hormone (human chorionic gonadotropin-hCG) to help you become pregnant. HCG is used to cause the growth and release of a mature egg (ovulation).This medication must not be used if you are already pregnant. Your doctor may order a pregnancy test before your first dose.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before starting this medication and each time you get a refill. You will be trained by a health care professional on how to properly use this medication. Learn and understand all preparation and usage instructions.Follow all instructions for proper mixing with the correct fluid provided with this medication. Before using, check the solution visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Use the solution immediately after the medication is mixed. Discard any unused solution. If you have questions regarding the use of this medication, consult your pharmacist.Wash hands with soap and water before using this medication. Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. If you are injecting daily, it is important to change the location of the injection site every day to avoid discomfort and problem areas under the skin.Inject this medication under the skin in your lower abdomen, at least 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) away from your navel, as directed by your doctor. Your doctor may direct you to inject a single dose or to inject a smaller dose once daily for several days. The timing of your injection, your dosage, and your length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. When an ultrasound shows that you are ready, a second medication (hCG) is usually injected to cause the eggs to mature and release (ovulation).Be sure to keep all medical appointments so your doctor can closely monitor your response to determine the dosage that is right for you and the time you should use the next medication.Use this medication exactly as directed by your doctor in order to get the most benefit from it. If your doctor has directed you to inject this medication more than once, use it at the same time each day.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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