Proper Use

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A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. This medicine is given as a shot under the skin (for men and women) or into a muscle (for women only).

Follitropin beta is used with another hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). At the proper time, your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine.

This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

This medicine is available in two forms: a cartridge and a vial. Ask your doctor which dosage form is right for you.

You might be taught how to give your medicine at home. If you are using this medicine at home:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use a clean work area to prepare your injection.
  • Make sure you understand and carefully follow your doctor's instructions on how to give yourself an injection, including the proper use of a needle and syringe, or a cartridge and pen.
  • Do not mix this medicine with other medicines in the same cartridge, vial, or syringe.
  • Check the solution in the cartridge or vial. It should be clear and colorless. If it is cloudy, discolored, or contains large flecks (particles), do not use it.
  • Do not inject more or less of the medicine than your doctor ordered.
  • You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas. This will prevent skin problems.
  • Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
  • It is very important that you keep track of each dose you inject. Your doctor or nurse will help you with this.

If you are using the Follistim® AQ cartridge:

  • This medicine should only be used with the Follistim® pen.
  • Do not use this medicine if you are blind or have vision problems, unless another person with good vision who is trained in the proper use of the cartridge injects your medicine.
  • Do not re-use the BD Micro-Fine™ pen needle.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For injection dosage form:
    • For the treatment of infertility in men:
      • Adults—450 international units (IU) per week injected under the skin, divided and given as either 225 IU two times per week or 150 IU three times per week.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.
    • For the treatment of infertility in women:
      • Adults—
        • Follistim® AQ injection: At first, 75 international units (IU) once a day injected under the skin or into a muscle. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 300 IU per day.
        • Follistim® AQ cartridge: At first, 50 IU once a day injected under the skin for at least the first 7 days. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 250 IU per day.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.
    • For use with assisted reproductive technology procedures:
      • Follistim® AQ injection: Adults—150 to 225 international units (IU) once a day injected under the skin or into a muscle. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 600 IU per day.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.
    • For women with healthy ovaries undergoing reproductive procedures (such as IVF or ICSI):
      • Follistim® AQ cartridge: Adults—At first, 200 international units (IU) once a day injected under the skin for at least the first 7 days of treatment. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 500 IU per day.
      • Children—Use is not recommended.

Missed Dose

Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

You may store Follistim® AQ cartridge or injection in a refrigerator or at room temperature. If you store the medicine at room temperature, it will only be good for a maximum of 3 months unless the expiration date is less than 3 months. If the Follistim® AQ cartridge has been pierced by a needle, you may store it up to 28 days. Keep the cartridge away from light.

Throw away used needles and syringes in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.

Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or nurse about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine, glass containers (vials), cartridges, and other supplies. You should not use any leftover medicine in the glass container (vial) or cartridge.