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OVIDREL
CHORIOGONADOTROPIN ALFA - INJECTABLE

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

CHORIOGONADOTROPIN ALFA - INJECTABLE

(kor-ee-oh-go-NAD-oh-trow-pin alfa)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Ovidrel

Uses

This medication is used to help women with fertility problems become pregnant. It works by helping to produce mature eggs for fertilization; either naturally or by assisted means (e.g., in vitro fertilization).

How To Use

Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist. After injecting the mixing liquid (diluent) into the vial of powdered drug, gently roll the vial until the powder is completely dissolved; do not shake the injection/vial. Doing so may make this medicine ineffective. Inject this medication under the skin (subcutaneously) usually the day after your last dose of follicle stimulating medicine as directed by your doctor. Your doctor's decision to give this injection is based on laboratory and medical test results (e.g., serum estradiol, vaginal ultrasound). Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist.

Side Effects

Injection site reactions (e.g., pain, irritation, bruising, swelling), nausea, gas or vomiting may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: severe stomach/abdominal pain and/or swelling, unusual vaginal bleeding, diarrhea, weight gain, trouble breathing, decrease in amount of urine. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: yellowing eyes and skin, dark urine, unusual weakness/fatigue, fever, pain or swelling in the legs, sudden difficulty breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

This medication is not recommended for use if you have the following medical conditions: primary ovarian failure, thyroid or adrenal gland problems, pituitary gland tumor, unusual vaginal bleeding, ovarian cysts, tumors or cancers of the female reproductive organs (e.g., fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus). Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver problems, any allergies. Successful treatment with this medication (pregnancy) may result in multiple births. Discuss the risks and benefits of having such a pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant after treatment with this drug, stop using this medication and inform your doctor immediately. This drug must not be used during pregnancy because it may cause fetal harm. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use. This product can affect the results of certain lab tests (e.g., hormone levels, pregnancy tests). Make sure laboratory personnel know you use this product. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., hormone levels, ultrasound) may be performed to monitor your progress. Keep all scheduled doctor's appointments and medical exams.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, contact your doctor to establish a new dosing schedule.

Storage

Before mixing, store at room temperature or in a refrigerator between 36 and 77 degrees F (2 and 25 degrees C) away from light. Once mixed, the vial must be used immediately. Discard any unused portion of the vial.