What should I know about follitropin alfa before taking it?

Before taking follitropin alfa, you should know its use may result in multiple births, which may increase the risk for the mother and fetuses. You need to discuss this possibility with your doctor and partner prior to use. Women will need to have a complete hormone and gynecological exam before using follitropin alfa. Men will need to have a complete hormone and medical exam prior to use. Additionally, fertility will need to be evaluated. This drug cannot cause ovulation in ovaries that are unable to produce an egg nor can it cause the production of sperm in someone who cannot produce sperm.

Tell your doctor if you have an allergy to benzyl alcohol, sodium phosphate, sucrose, or any ingredient in this drug, or if you have urinary tract bleeding; permanently damaged testes; painful, enlarged, or swollen ovaries not due to polycystic ovary disease; issues with blood clotting; breathing problems; thyroid or adrenal gland problems; ovarian failure; cancer or tumors of the breast, ovary, hypothalamus, pituitary gland, uterus, or other hormonal glands; or if you are pregnant. All of these conditions may affect whether or not you can use follitropin alfa.

A serious and potentially fatal side effect of use in women is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS); talk to your doctor about the signs and risks of this condition.

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