choriogonadotropin alfa - injection, Ovidrel (cont.)
HOW TO USE: This medicine comes with a Patient Information Leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine.Learn all the preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If any of the information is unclear, consult your health care professional.After injecting the mixing liquid into the vial, gently roll the vial to mix the drug. Do not shake the liquid. Doing so may make this medicine less effective. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.Wash your hands with soap and water before using this medication. Before injecting the dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol.Inject this medication under the skin, usually the day after your last dose of follicle stimulating medicine (e.g., menotropins) or as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor will do lab/medical tests (e.g., estrogen blood levels, ultrasound) to decide when it is time to use this medication.Be sure to keep all medical appointments so your doctor can closely monitor your response and determine the time you should use this medication.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist for more information.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, mild abdominal pain/swelling, headache, and pain/bruising/redness/swelling at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: unusual vaginal bleeding.This medication may cause a condition known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). This condition may occur during treatment or after treatment is finished. Rarely, serious OHSS causes fluid to suddenly build up in the stomach, chest, and heart area. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop the following very serious side effects: severe pain/swelling in the lower abdominal (pelvic) area, severe nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sudden shortness of breath, sudden/rapid weight gain, decrease in the amount of urine.Seek immediate medical attention if any of these very unlikely but very serious side effects occur: chest/jaw/left arm pain, sudden severe headache, confusion, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, swelling of the hands/ankles/feet, sudden vision changes (e.g., double vision, loss of vision), pain/redness/swelling in the legs, sudden difficulty breathing.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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