Generic Name: follitropin-beta, Parenteral Solution

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Highlights for follitropin-beta

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FOLLITROPIN BETA (fol li TROE pin BAY ta) helps stimulate the development of eggs within the ovary. It is used to treat women who have not been able to become pregnant because of problems with ovulation. This drug may also be used in women participating in an assisted reproductive technology program like in vitro fertilization.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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follitropin-beta Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:\n-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue\n-breathing problems\n-chest pain\n-fluid retention\n-indigestion\n-nausea, vomiting\n-pain, swelling, warmth in the leg\n-passing small amounts of urine\n-rapid weight gain\n-stomach area or pelvic pain or bloating\n\nSide effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):\n-acne\n-breast tenderness\n-headache\n-mood changes, such as irritability, restless feelings, or anger\n-pain, irritation, or inflammation at site where injected\n-tiredness

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follitropin-beta May Interact with Other Medications

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Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:\n-chasteberry\n\nThis medicine may also interact with the following medications:\n-black cohosh

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use follitropin-beta

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This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.\n\nIf you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.\n\nIt 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 healthcare provider to get one.\n\nTalk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:\n-abnormal or unusual vaginal bleeding\n-asthma\n-brain tumor or certain other kinds of cancer\n-conditions affecting your adrenal gland or thyroid gland\n-enlarged ovaries or ovarian cyst\n-failure of the ovaries to produce eggs\n-obstruction of the fallopian tubes\n-an unusual or allergic reaction to follitropin beta, neomycin, streptomycin, other hormones, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives\n-pregnant\n-breast feeding

What if I miss a dose?

Try not to miss a dose. If you do miss a dose, call your doctor or health care professional for advice.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.\n\nIt is important to keep all records required by your health care professional 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 doctor or health care professional at once.\n\nCertain fertility treatments increase your chances of having multiple babies, like twins or triplets.\n\nIf abdominal pain occurs while you are using this medicine, discontinue treatment and call your doctor or health care professional immediately. Do not use the injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and avoid sexual intercourse.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.\n\nKeep this medicine in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). The medicine 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. If you are using the cartridges, once the rubber stopper 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. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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