Ganirelix is used in women undergoing controlled ovarian hyperstimulation as part of assisted reproduction techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) to reduce luteinizing hormone surge or in women suffering premature ovulation (early ovulation) causing difficulty in getting pregnant.
How it works
Ganirelix belongs to a group of medicines called gonadotrophin-releasing hormones (GnRH) antagonist. Ganirelix blocks the action of a hormone GnRH which plays a vital role in female fertility and reproduction.
Common side effects
Nausea, Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, Pelvic pain, Abdominal pain, Abnormal vaginal bleeding, Anaphylactic reaction, Headache, Injection site reaction
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- Make sure you are not pregnant at the time of starting this treatment. Inform your doctor if you have chances of pregnancy.
- Ganirelix subcutaneous injection should be taken on the abdomen around the navel or upper thigh.
- Ganirelix may cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the symptoms (abdominal bloating, mild pain in the abdomen, weight gain).
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is ganirelix the same as cetrotide?
Ganirelix and cetrotide are two different medicines, but both are used in women undergoing assisted reproduction techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IFV) to reduce luteinizing hormone surge.
Q. Is ganirelix the same as Lupron?
No, Lupron is a brand for a different hormonal medication called gonadotropin releasing hormone agonist. Both are used in women undergoing assisted reproduction techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IFV).
Q. Is ganirelix the same as Gonal F?
No, Gonal Fis a brand name for a different hormonal medication with different usage.
Q. Is ganirelix supposed to be refrigerated?
No, ganirelix should be stored at room temperature in the original package, to protect it from sunlight.
Q. Is ganirelix injection painful?
Ganirelix injection can cause mild pain during administration at the injection site.
Q. When is ganirelix started?
Ganirelix is started on day 5 or day 6 after FSH/corifollitropin alfa administration.
Q. Does ganirelix stop follicle growth?
No, ganirelix does not slow or stop follicle growth.
Q. Does ganirelix stop/ prevent ovulation?
No, ganirelix does not stop or prevent ovulation; it reduces luteinizing hormone surge in women suffering from premature ovulation or undergoing a controlled ovarian stimulation for assisted reproduction technique (like IVF) in infertility.
Q. Does ganirelix make you tired?
Yes, ganirelix can make you feel tired or cause general weakness.