Follistim AQ (Follitropin Beta) Injection

General Information

Follistim AQ (Follitropin Beta) is used to treat certain fertility problems. It is in men and women. It helps to stimulate healthy ovaries to produce eggs in women. This medication is usually used in combination with another hormone called HCG. It is human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced by the placenta after implantation. It brings about the growth and release of a mature egg.

In men, it helps to stimulate healthy testes to produce sperm. It is also used in combination with HCG.

How does Follistim AQ (Follitropin Beta) Injection work?

Follistim AQ (Follitropin Beta) is a recombinant form of endogenous follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). It binds to the FSH receptor which is a G-coupled transmembrane receptor. Binding of the FSH to its receptor seems to induce phosphorylation. It also activates the PI3K (Phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase) and some signaling pathway. It is known to regulate many other metabolic. It is also related to survival and maturation functions in cells.

Why use Follistim AQ (Follitropin Beta) Injection?

Follistim AQ (Follitropin Beta) belongs to the group of medications called gonadotropins. It contains a follicle-stimulating hormone. It also contains Follitropin Beta as an active ingredient.

This medication comes in an injectable form. It is presented as a sterile aqueous solution intended for subcutaneous or intramuscular use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How to use Follistim AQ (Follitropin Beta) Injection?

This medication is to use under the skin or into a muscle as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response.

Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin. Use this medication exactly as it is prescribed. Do not increase your dose without consulting your doctor.

What are the side-effects of Follistim AQ (Follitropin Beta) Injection?

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Acne
  • Skin rash
  • Numbness or tingly feeling
  • Redness, bruising, or pain at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Weight gain
  • Urinating less than usual
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating

Warnings and Precautions

  • This may not be recommended for women whose ovaries no longer make eggs properly. As well as for men whose testes are no longer produce sperm properly.
  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to this drug. Tell also about the medical history that you had.
  • Do not share this with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
  • Keep this far from the reach of children.