Follitropin Injection (Follistim AQ)

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Follitropin Beta Solution for injection

What is this medication?

FOLLITROPIN BETA (fol li TROE pin BAY ta) treats irregular or absent ovulation in people trying to get pregnant. It works by helping the body release an egg (ovulation), which increases the chance of pregnancy. It may also be used to treat low sperm count. It works by helping the body make more sperm. It is often used as part of a fertility treatment program.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

How should I use this medication?

This medication is injected under the skin. It is usually given by your care team in a hospital or clinic setting. It may also be given at home.

If you get this medication at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give it. Use exactly as directed. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. Keep taking it unless your care team tells you to stop.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or care team to get one.

Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?

Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:

  • Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Blood clot—pain, swelling, or warmth in the leg, shortness of breath, chest pain
  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome—stomach or pelvic pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight gain
  • Trouble breathing

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):

  • Acne
  • Breast pain or tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Pain, redness, or irritation at injection site
  • Stomach pain
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medication?

Keep out of the reach of children and pets.

Store in the refrigerator.

The medication may also be stored at room temperature, at approximately 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) for up to 3 months or until the expiration date, whichever occurs first. Do not freeze. Once the rubber stopper of the cartridge has been pierced by a needle, the product can only be stored for a maximum of 28 days in the refrigerator or at room temperature between 2 and 25 degrees C (36 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Get rid of any unused medication after the expiration date.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • Abnormal or unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Asthma
  • Blood clots
  • Cancer
  • Conditions affecting your adrenal or thyroid gland
  • Enlarged ovaries or ovarian cyst
  • Had stomach surgery
  • Fallopian tube blockage
  • Ovarian insufficiency
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • An unusual or allergic reaction to follitropin beta, neomycin, streptomycin, other hormones, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Pregnant
  • Breast-feeding

What may interact with this medication?

Do not take this medication with any of the following:

  • Chasteberry

This medication may also interact with the following:

  • Black cohosh
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Talk to your care team about what to do if you miss a dose.

What should I watch for while using this medication?

It is important to keep all records required by your care team on body temperature and intercourse, and to carefully follow any directions for urine or blood testing or ultrasound exams. If you think you have become pregnant, contact your care team at once.

Certain fertility treatments increase your chances of having multiple babies, like twins or triplets.

If stomach pain occurs while you are using this medication, discontinue treatment and call your care team immediately. Do not use the injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and avoid sexual intercourse.