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Gonal-f is a prescription medication used to help stimulate the development of eggs in the ovaries in women who are undergoing fertility treatments. It contains a synthetic form of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which helps promote the growth of follicles and the development of eggs in the ovaries. This can increase the chances of a successful pregnancy in women who are undergoing fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Uses and Dosage
The medication is usually given as an injection under the skin, and the dosage may be adjusted depending on individual response and medical condition. Follow the dosage and administration instructions provided by the doctor or healthcare provider. After the first injection, the patient can give the injections themselves if they are well motivated, have been trained and have access to expert advice.
The recommended dosage of Gonal-f may vary depending on individual factors such as medical history, medical condition, and response to the medication. The dosage is usually determined by a doctor and is given by injection under the skin. Follow the dosage and administration instructions provided by the doctor or healthcare provider.
Common Side Effects of Gonal F (Folitropin Alpha):
- Breast pain or swelling
- Ovarian cyst
- Redness, swelling or bruising where an injection was given,
- Sinus pain
- Stuffy nose
Serious Side Effects of Gonal F (Folitropin Alpha):
- Cough with bloody mucus
- Fever with shortness of breath or rapid breathing,
- Little or no urination
- Lump or swelling in your testicles
- Problems with vision or speech
- Rapid weight gain
- Severe pain in your lower stomach
- Severe pelvic pain on one side
- Sore throat
- Sudden numbness or weakness
- Swelling or redness in an arm or leg
- Swollen glands
- Trouble breathing
Form and strength
Gonal F (Folitropin Alpha) is available in the following forms and strength:
Gonal F: Vial
- Ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome (OHSS) - this is a potentially serious condition characterized by enlarged and painful ovaries, fluid buildup in the abdomen, and sometimes shortness of breath and other complications.
- Taking Gonal-f increases the chances of having multiple eggs develop and be fertilized, which increases the risk of having multiple pregnancies.
- Although it is rare, Gonal-f can increase the risk of blood clots forming, which can be serious or even life-threatening.
- As with any medication, use the lowest effective dose of Gonal-f possible to minimize the risks of side effects.
- Some people may be allergic to Gonal-f, which can cause symptoms such as rash, itching, swelling, and difficulty breathing.
- Gonal-f may be contraindicated or require close monitoring in people with certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders, ovarian or uterine cancer, or endometriosis.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does Gonal-f (follitropin alfa) take to work for women?
It will be fully absorbed by the body about 8 to 16 hours after your dose, but you usually need to use this medication for at least 2 weeks. You will inject Gonal-f (follitropin alfa) until you are ready to ovulate but should not be used for longer than 35 days in a row.
Where should you inject Gonal-F?
You can inject it in your upper arms, upper legs, or your stomach around your belly button area.
When is Gonal-f given?
Gonal-f is typically given to women who are undergoing fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
What should I do if I miss a dose of Gonal-f?
If you miss a dose of Gonal-f, contact your healthcare provider for instructions.
It's important to purchase Gonal F from verified Canadian pharmacy.