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    Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha

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    Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/follitropin alpha uses

    Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha is used in the treatment of female infertility and male hypogonadism. It is used in women who have a problem in ovulation or are undergoing fertility treatment like in-vitro fertilization. In men, it helps in the production of sperm cells.

    How recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/follitropin alpha works

    Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha is a hormone. In females, it works by stimulating the release of estrogen which helps in the growth and development of the egg before release. In males, it helps in the production of sperms.

    Common side effects of recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/follitropin alpha

    Injection site allergic reaction, Headache, Swelling of breast in male, Acne, Abdominal pain, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Ovarian cysts, Rash
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    Expert advice for Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha

    • Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha stimulates the production of eggs in women undergoing treatment for infertility.
    • Your doctor may prescribe more than one medicine as part of your suggested pregnancy plan.
    • It may also be used to stimulate sperm formation in men.
    • The injection is administered under the skin. Follow the recommended dosage and monitoring schedules to minimise the possibility of ovarian hyperstimulation.
    • Inform your doctor immediately if you have severe pelvic pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sudden weight gain, trouble breathing, or decreased or no urination during treatment, as these could be symptoms of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).
    • Do not use Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha if you are already pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • Pregnancy following treatment with Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha is more likely to result in a multiple pregnancy (twins or more).

    Frequently asked questions for Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha

    Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha

    Q. What is Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha and what it is used for?

    Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha is a type of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), produced naturally by the body. It is used in women who have a problem with ovulation. It works by stimulating the growth of follicles (which contain eggs) in the ovary, which helps in the release of a properly developed egg, at the time of ovulation. It is also used in assisted reproductive technology procedures (ART) such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF), which help women to become pregnant. It may also be used in adult men, who are infertile due to lack of certain hormones and could not produce enough sperm cells.

    Q. How and in what dose should I take Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha?

    Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha is given as an injection. The dose and treatment duration depends on the ovarian response of the patient.

    Q. What if I miss a dose of Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha?

    Ideally, you should try not to miss a dose of Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha. However, please talk to your doctor as soon as you remember that you have missed a dose.

    Q. What are the side effects of using Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone/Follitropin alpha?

    The most common side effect is a local site reaction at the injection site (pain, redness, swelling, and irritation). The other common side effects are a headache, ovarian cysts, abdominal pain or cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and bloating. If any of these side effects bother you, please consult with your doctor. In addition, this medicine may increase the likelihood of conditions like ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), multiple pregnancy or miscarriage.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)