The dose of this medication varies according to individual response.
To help induce ovulation, the recommended initial dose of follitropin beta is 50 IU given daily, usually for 7 to 14 days. The dose may be adjusted according to response, which is measured by an ultrasound or by a blood test. When an adequate response is achieved, this medication is stopped and another medication, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), is given to induce ovulation.
For ART procedures, the usual initial dose is 150 IU to 225 IU daily for 4 days. The dose is then adjusted according to response and is usually continued for 6 to 12 days. When an adequate response is achieved, this medication is stopped and another medication, hCG, is given to induce ovulation.
In men, the usual dose is 150 IU given 3 times a week or 225 IU twice a week. Treatment is usually given for at least 3 to 4 months. It is usually given along with another medication, hCG.
The injections can be given under the skin (subcutaneous) or into a muscle (intramuscular) in women and under the skin (subcutaneous) in men. The best place for subcutaneous injections is around the navel or the upper thigh. The place of injection should be varied for each injection. The best place for intramuscular injections is the upper outer part of the buttock muscle.
A health care professional will show you how to use this medication properly. Read the enclosed patient information carefully and ask your doctor any question you might have.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is very important to use this medication on a regular schedule as prescribed by the doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication, check with your health care professional. Do not administer a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
Store this medication in the refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (do not freeze). It can also be stored at room temperature (below 25°C) for a maximum of 3 months. Protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children. Once the cartridges have been punctured by a needle, store for a maximum of 28 days.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.