Gonal-f (Follitropin Alfa) is used for the treatment of certain fertility problems in women. This medication will help quicken healthy ovaries to create eggs. This is usually used along with another hormone called HCG. It means a Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone produced by the placenta after implantation. It brings about the growth and release of a mature egg.
How does Gonal-f (Follitropin Alfa) work?
Gonal-f (Follitropin Alfa) increases the total of developing follicles and stimulates their development. Within the follicles are the developing eggs. It also increases the production of estrogen. Under the influence of this hormone, the largest follicle continues to grow.
This medication has the same effects as the natural hormone. It stimulates the development of follicles and egg. It is in women who are having difficulties getting pregnant due to problems with ovulation.
Why use Gonal-f (Follitropin Alfa)?
Gonal-f Injection has Follitropin Alfa as an active ingredient. It is a synthetic version of a natural sex hormone called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This medication is a sterile and lyophilized powder intended for subcutaneous injection. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How to use Gonal-f (Follitropin Alfa)?
Follow the instructions for adding the mixing liquid to the medication. Do not shake the vial. Once it is already mixed, use it right away.
Before injecting, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin.
Inject the medication under the skin or into a muscle. It is usually given once a day. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Use it exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take it more often than the prescription.
What are the side-effects of Gonal-f (Follitropin Alfa)?
- Stomach pain
- Pelvic pain or tenderness
- Skin rash
- Sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Numbness or tingly feeling
- Breast swelling, pain or tenderness
- Injection site reactions (pain, bruising, irritation or redness)
Warnings and Precautions
- This is not recommended for women whose ovaries no longer make eggs properly.
- Tell your doctor if you have a medical history or current medications. Tell also if you have any allergies before using this drug.
- Do not share this with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
- Let your doctor know if there are any signs of an allergic reaction or overdose.
- Keep this far from the reach of children.