1 What is Chorex?

Brand: Chorex, Novarel, Ovidrel, Pregnyl, Profasi

Generic: Chorionic gonadotropin

Chorionic gonadotropin is an FDA-approved natural hormone that doctors prescribe as an injectable drug. This drug improves fertility by increasing sperm production in men and encouraging egg release in women. It also helps treat sex hormone-linked conditions, such as undescended testes in young men and undeveloped sexual traits in girls.

This drug is considered to be either an endocrine drug or a fertility drug.

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2 What to Know Before Using

Before taking this drug, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. In treating children with cryptorchidism, this drug has caused premature maturation of sex organs in males.

Studies suggest a positive evidence of fetal abnormalities regarding use of this drug in pregnant animals or women. This drug should not be used in women who are pregnant or can possibly be pregnant. Infant risk is undetermined in studies of using this drug during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects. Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or non-prescription drugs.

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare professional for any medical problems such as:

Other hormone imbalances should be treated before induction of ovulation.

3 Proper Usage

The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed.

The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

  • Men with problems related to low levels of male hormones are prescribed with injection dosage form of 1000 to 4000 Units injected into the muscle two to three times a week in a prolonged period of time.
  • For men with low sperm count, additional hormone such as menotropin or urofollitropin injection may be prescribed for intake for 1 year or more.
  • To increase chances of pregnancy in women, 5000 to 10,000 Units must be injected into the muscle on a day chosen by your healthcare professional depending on hormone levels and the other medicines being taken.
  • 1000 to 5000 Units injected into the muscle two to three times a week for up to ten doses is given to children with cryptorchidism.

4 Precautions to Take

Regular visits and laboratory tests should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of this drug as well as check for unwanted effects.

If you want to be pregnant, your basal body temperature should be recorded everyday to know the exact time when you will ovulate and intercourse must take place around the time of ovulation to give you the best chance of becoming pregnant.

Your healthcare professional will measure the amount of estrogen in your bloodstream and check the size of the follicle with ultrasound examinations to monitor the development of the ovarian follicle by measuring.

5 Potential Side Effects

Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Bloating stomach or pelvic pain are common are side effects while abdominal or stomach pain, decreased amount of urine, feeling of indigestion, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, pelvic pain, shortness of breath, swelling of feet or lower legs, weight gain, acne, enlargement of penis and testes, growth of pubic hair, increase in height, difficult or labored breathing, difficulty breathing, flushing of skin, hives or welts, itching of skin large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, sex organs pain in chest, groin, or legs, especially the calves redness of skin severe, sudden headache, skin rash, slurred speech, sudden loss of coordination, sudden, severe weakness or numbness in arm or leg sudden, unexplained shortness of breath, tightness in chest, unusually warm skin, vision changes, or wheezing are uncommon side effects.

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear.

Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional.

Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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