follitropin beta 600 unit/0.72 mL subcutaneous cartridge

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Medication name

Generic name:
Follitropin beta cartridge - injection

Pronunciation
(FOL-i-TROE-pin Bay-ta)

Brand name(s)
Follistim AQ

Uses

This medication contains follicle-stimulating 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 if available from your pharmacist before you start using follitropin beta 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. This medication must be used with the prescribed pen device and pen needle.

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

If the medication is stored in the refrigerator, allow the medication to warm to room temperature before use.

Inject this medication under the skin as directed by your doctor.

Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin. Use a new pen needle for each injection.

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

The different follitropin products are not interchangeable and the doses may be different. Do not switch to a different brand or type without your doctor's approval.

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.

Side effects

Headache, stomach pain, bloating, redness/pain at the injection site, or breast tenderness/pain may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist 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 right away if you have any serious side effects, including:

  • flu-like symptoms (such as fever, chills, muscle ache, tiredness)
  • bleeding from the vagina
  • swelling of ankles/hands/feet

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including:

  • shortness of breath/rapid breathing
  • chest/jaw/left arm pain
  • unusual sweating
  • confusion
  • sudden dizziness/fainting
  • pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf
  • sudden severe headache
  • trouble speaking
  • weakness on one side of the body
  • sudden vision changes

This medication may cause a condition known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). This condition may occur during or after treatment. Rarely, serious OHSS causes fluid to suddenly build up in the stomach, chest, and heart area. Get medical help right away if you develop the following side effects: severe pain or swelling in the lower abdominal (pelvic) area, nausea/vomiting, sudden/rapid weight gain, or decreased urination.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away 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 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other products containing follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH); or to streptomycin; or to neomycin; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:

  • abnormal bleeding from the vagina or uterus
  • thyroid problems
  • adrenal gland problems
  • cancer of the reproductive organs (breast, uterus, ovary, testis)
  • tumor in the brain (such as pituitary tumor)
  • ovarian cysts or enlargement
  • other fertility problems (such as primary ovarian failure or testicular failure)
  • blood clots
  • stroke
  • certain heart diseases (such as angina, heart attack)
  • lung problems (such as asthma)

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Multiple births may occur because of this treatment. Consult your doctor for more details.

Stop using this medication when you become pregnant. This medication must not be used during pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

A product that may interact with this drug is:

  • gonadorelin
Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

Lab and/or medical tests (such as vaginal ultrasound, hormone levels, semen test) may be done while you are using this medication. Keep all medical and lab appointments. Consult your doctor for more details.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store the unused cartridge in the refrigerator. If necessary, the unused cartridge may also be stored at room temperature for up to 3 months.

Once used, this product may be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Throw away the used cartridge after 28 days.

Do not freeze. Protect from light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

Important note

HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

Information last revised July 2016.

Selected from NATIONAL DRUG DATA FILE (NDDF) data included with permission and copyrighted by First Databank, Inc., 2019. This copyrighted material has been downloaded from a licensed data provider.

The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your health care professional. You should consult your health care professional before taking any drug, changing your diet, or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.