Menotropins - subcutaneous injection
Menotropins - subcutaneous injection
This medication is used to treat certain fertility problems in women. It provides follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) that help healthy ovaries to make eggs. This medication is usually used in combination with another hormone (human chorionic gonadotropin-hCG) to help you become pregnant by bringing 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).
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 healthcare professional on how to properly use this medication. Learn and understand all preparation and usage instructions. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Use this medication exactly as directed by your doctor in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.
Inject this medication under the skin exactly as directed by your doctor. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition, response to therapy and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Be sure to keep all medical appointments so your doctor can closely monitor your response to determine the dosage that is right for you. The manufacturer recommends that your dose should not be more than 450 international units per day and that the medication should not be used for more than 20 days per treatment cycle. Do not change the dose or use this drug for a longer period than prescribed unless instructed by your doctor.
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. It is important to change the location of the injection site daily to avoid discomfort and problem areas under the skin.
Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.
Headache, mild stomach pain/bloating, redness/pain at the injection site, breast tenderness, or dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify 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 any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:
This medication may cause a condition known as Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). This condition may occur during therapy or after treatment has been stopped. 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 side effects:
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include:
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other products containing follicle stimulating hormone or luteinizing hormone; 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:
This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
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 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.
Some products that may interact with this drug include:
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.
Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., blood hormone tests such as estradiol level, vaginal ultrasound) should be performed regularly to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
It is important to keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments so your doctor can closely monitor your response to help reduce the risk of serious side effects and determine the timing of your hCG dose.
Lifestyle changes that may help improve the effect of this medication include limiting alcohol and stopping smoking. Consult your doctor or pharmacist to discuss lifestyle changes that might benefit you.
It is important to use this medication on a fixed schedule exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away for instructions. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store the medication refrigerated or at room temperature between 37-77 degrees F (3-25 degrees C). Protect from light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Information last revised October 2018.
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