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FOLLITROPIN ALFA helps stimulate the development of eggs within the ovary. It is used to treat women who have not been able to become pregnant because of problems with ovulation. This drug is also used in certain in vitro fertilization programs. For some men with infertility, this medicine helps to stimulate the production of sperm. Compare gonadotropins.

Limited Coverage: Most insurance plans will not cover Gonal-F RFF for fertility treatments.

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Gonal-F RFF Side Effects

What should I watch for?

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you.

It is important to keep all records required by your health care professional on body temperature and intercourse, and to carefully follow any directions for urine or blood testing or ultrasound exams. If you think you have become pregnant, contact your doctor or health care professional at once.

Certain fertility treatments increase your chances of having multiple babies, like twins or triplets.

If abdominal pain occurs while you are using this medicine, discontinue treatment and call your doctor or health care professional immediately. Do not use the injection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and avoid sexual intercourse.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Stop taking this medicine and get emergency help immediately if any of the following effects occur:

Abdominal pain (severe), nausea, vomiting, and weight gain (rapid)

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

For patients treated for female infertility or patients pretreated with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) undergoing assisted reproduction technologies (ART)

Abdominal bloating

diarrhea

flu or cold-like symptoms, such as body aches or pain, coughing, fever, headache, loss of voice, runny nose, and unusual tiredness or weakness

nausea

passing of gas

vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods

For patients treated for female infertility

Acne

breast pain or tenderness

mood swings

Less common

For patients treated for female infertility or patients pretreated with GnRHa undergoing ART

Dizziness

painful menstrual periods

redness, pain, or swelling at injection site

sleepiness

vaginal bleeding unrelated to menstrual periods (heavy)

white vaginal discharge

For patients treated for female infertility

Fainting

light-headedness

migraine headache

nervousness

stomach discomfort

For patients treated pretreated with a GnRHa undergoing ART

Fast, racing heartbeat

itching of skin

loss of appetite

thirst (unusual)

After you stop using this medicine, it may still produce some side effects that need attention. During this period of time, check with your doctor immediately if you notice the following side effects:

Abdominal pain (severe), nausea, vomiting, and weight gain (rapid)

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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