Ovidrel is used for:
Ovidrel is a hormone. Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) helps to produce mature eggs in women undergoing fertility procedures such as in vitro fertilization and it also stimulates ovulation (release of an egg). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.Treating infertility in certain women who have not gone through menopause.
Do NOT use Ovidrel if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Ovidrel
- you have abnormal bleeding of the uterus of unknown cause, brain lesion or tumor (eg, pituitary gland tumor), primary ovarian failure, enlarged ovary or ovarian cyst of unknown cause, uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal gland problems, or tumors in the reproductive tract or liver that are sex hormone dependent
- if you are pregnant
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Ovidrel:
Some medical conditions may interact with Ovidrel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have adrenal gland disease, bleeding in the reproductive or urinary tract, or thyroid disease
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ovidrel. However, no specific interactions with Ovidrel are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Ovidrel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Ovidrel:
Use Ovidrel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Ovidrel is usually administered as an injection at your doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using Ovidrel at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
- Ovidrel comes in a single-use syringe. It is given as an injection under the skin. Wash your hands with soap and water before you begin. Wipe the appropriate injection site with an alcohol swab. Remove the cap from the needle of the syringe. Do not touch the needle or allow the needle to touch anything else. Use the technique you have been shown to give the injection. After giving the injection, cover the injection site with a small bandage if necessary. Discard all used material appropriately.
- If Ovidrel contains particles or is discolored, or if it is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
- If you miss a dose of Ovidrel, contact your doctor immediately.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ovidrel.
Important safety information:
- Ovidrel may cause dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Ovidrel. Using Ovidrel alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
- You must receive a thorough gynecological exam before beginning treatment with Ovidrel.
- Use of Ovidrel can increase your risk of multiple births (eg, twins or triplets), blood clots, enlarged ovaries, and ruptured ovarian cysts. Discuss this risk with your doctor.
- LAB TESTS, including blood hormone levels and ultrasound exams, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Ovidrel if you are pregnant. If you suspect that you could be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. It is unknown if Ovidrel is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Ovidrel, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Ovidrel:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Nausea; pain, swelling, bruising, or redness at the injection site; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloating or swelling in the stomach or pelvic area; breast pain; chest pain; infrequent urination; irregular heartbeat; leg pain; persistent or severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; severe pelvic pain; stomach pain; sudden shortness of breath; weight gain.