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FOLLITROPIN ALFA - INJECTION
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Gonal-F
USES: This medication is used to treat certain fertility problems in women. It provides the hormone (FSH) that helps cause the ovaries to produce eggs. This medication is usually used in combination with another hormone (hCG) for 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).
HOW TO USE: This medicine comes with a Patient Information Leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine.
Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
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 daily to avoid discomfort or problem areas under the skin. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.
Inject this medication under the skin or into a muscle, usually once a day or as directed by your doctor.
Dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor will do blood/medical tests (e.g., estradiol blood levels, ultrasound) to find the right dose for you and to decide when to inject the next medication (hCG).
Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.
Additional Gonal-F Information
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