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Generic Name: Gonadorelin (goe-nad-oh-RELL-in)
Brand Name: Factrel

Factrel is used for:

Evaluating how well the hypothalamus and pituitary glands are working. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Factrel is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone. It works by causing the pituitary gland to release other hormones (luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone) that control development in children and fertility in adults.

Do NOT use Factrel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Factrel

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Factrel :

Some medical conditions may interact with Factrel . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
  • 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 or have a history of cancer or abnormal growths or lumps
  • if you have a cyst on your ovary or ovarian hyperstimulation

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Factrel . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Other infertility medicines (eg, clomiphene) because the risk of side effects may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Factrel 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 Factrel :

Use Factrel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Factrel is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using Factrel at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If Factrel contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial 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 and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Factrel , contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Factrel .

Important safety information:

  • LAB TESTS, including blood samples, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Factrel is not recommended for use in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Factrel during pregnancy. It is unknown if Factrel is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breastfeeding while you are using Factrel , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Factrel :

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:

Headache; lightheadedness.

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); fast pulse; flushing; hoarseness; shortness of breath; swelling, pain, and redness at the injection site.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Factrel :

Factrel is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using this medicine at home, store Factrel as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Factrel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Factrel , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Factrel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Factrel . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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