follitropin beta - injection, Follistim
GENERIC NAME: FOLLITROPIN BETA - INJECTION (foll-ih-TROH-pin)
BRAND NAME(S): Follistim
USES: This medication contains the hormone (FSH) and is used to treat certain fertility problems in women and men. In women, it 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). In men, it helps stimulate healthy testes to produce sperm. It is also used in combination with hCG.This medication is not recommended for women whose ovaries no longer make eggs properly (primary ovarian failure) or for men whose testes no longer make sperm properly (primary testicular failure).
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet before starting this medication and each time you get a refill of this medication because new information may be available. Learn all the preparation and usage instructions in the product package. You will be trained by a healthcare professional on how to properly use this medication. If any of the information is unclear, consult your healthcare professional.There are different follitropin products available, but they are not interchangeable, and the doses may be different. Do not switch to a different brand or type without your doctor's approval.Inject this medication under the skin or into a muscle as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.Wash your hands with soap and water before using this medication. Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. It is important to change the location of the injection site each time to avoid discomfort and problem areas under the skin.If the medication is stored in the refrigerator, allow the medication to warm to room temperature before use.Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.Use this medication exactly as directed by your doctor in order to get the most benefit from it. Do not change the dose or use this drug for a longer period than prescribed unless instructed by your doctor.Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist for more information.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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