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Urofollitropin - Intramuscular/Subcutaneous - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I use this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I use this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Urofollitropin is used to treat female infertility. It helps induce ovulation in adult women who are unable to become pregnant because their ovaries cannot produce eggs, including polycystic ovarian disease (a hormonal disorder that may cause irregular menstrual periods, acne or unwanted hair growth) or to stimulate the maturation of follicles in the ovaries for assisted reproduction programmes.

How do I use this medicine?

Urofollitropin may be injected subcutaneously (into the fatty layer under the skin) or intramuscularly (into the muscle).

The doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you if this medicine is given intramuscularly.

If you or your caregiver had been given the proper training on the preparation and injection techniques of Urofollitropin, you or your caregiver may do the subcutaneous administration.

Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not administer more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Remember to rotate the injection sites. Do not inject into the same area all the time. New injection sites should be at least 1.5 inches away from the previous injection site. Do not inject near the navel (belly button).

The dose, route and schedule of administration of Urofollitropin will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the course of the treatment depending on your condition and response to the medication.

What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?

Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any dose. Your doctor also needs to regularly monitor your response to Urofollitropin.

If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.

If given subcutaneously, administer the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to administer your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • tumours of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus
  • cancer of the ovaries, womb or breasts
  • unexplained bleeding from the vagina
  • malformation of sexual organs which makes pregnancy unsuitable
  • fibroids of your womb which makes pregnancy unsuitable
  • cyst on your ovaries or enlarged ovaries not due to polycystic ovarian disease
  • primary ovarian failure (a condition wherein a woman’s ovaries stop working normally before age 40)
as Urofollitropin may not be suitable for you.

Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Urofollitropin may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking this medicine.

Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Urofollitropin.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
  • To check the appropriateness of Urofollitropin medication, thorough evaluation and assessment before the initiation of the treatment may be needed.
  • You may need to have routine tests (e.g. ultrasound, blood tests to measure oestradiol level). Your doctor will advise you about how often you will need to have these tests.
  • Regular monitoring of your condition may be needed while you are being treated with Urofollitropin as this medicine may increase your risk of an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in which the fetus develops outside of the womb), multiple births or pregnancy loss.

What side effects could I experience?

Urofollitropin may cause any of the following side effects: headache, nausea, vomiting, discomfort in the abdomen, diarrhoea, constipation, rash, muscle spasm, hot flushes, rash, inflammation of the nasal and oral cavities, and injection site pain and reactions.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • abdominal pain or swelling, difficulty breathing, decreased urination, nausea or diarrhoea as these are possible symptoms of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
  • blood clots
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I use this with other medicines?

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator, between 2-8°C.

Do not freeze Urofollitropin otherwise, it will no longer be effective and should not be used.

Protect from light.

If you notice that the injection has changed colour or has become cloudy, do not use it. Throw it away and use a new injection.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

Do not throw away any unused solution via wastewater or household waste. Ask your doctor or pharmacist on how to properly dispose this medicine.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Urofollitropin - Intramuscular/Subcutaneous and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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