HCG Pregnyl – 1500 Information
Purpose Active Ingredient
Human Hormone Chorionic gonadotropin
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What is HCG?
Human Chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone that helps and supports normal egg development in a woman’s ovary and it also stimulates the process of egg release during the ovulation period.
The HCG is used for causing the ovulation and also treat infertility in women and for the treatment of increasing the sperm count in case of men. HCG is also used for the young boys when their testicles have not been placed in the scrotum normally. Such cases happen due to the pituitary gland disorder. The HCG might also be used for the other purposes that are not listed in this particular medication guide book.
One of the most important information about HCG that you should know:
The Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is injected under the skin or into the muscle in the form of an injection. In case you are using this medicine at home, your doctor would be able to give you specific instructions about how and where to inject this medicine in particular. Do not self inject this medicine in case you do not completely understand how to give the injection and also dispose of the used syringes and needles in a proper manner. Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the signs of blood clots: pain, redness, warmth, numbness or tingling sensation in your arms or legs, extreme dizziness, confusion or severe headache.
Some women using this medication have come up with a condition known as the ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS), especially after the completion of the first treatment cycle. The OHSS can really be a life threatening condition for a woman. Call your doctor immediately in case you have any of the symptoms of OHSS: hands and legs swelling, severe pelvic pain, shortness of breath, stomach pain and swelling, weight gain, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting or less than normal urination.
The HCG can cause early puberty stage in the young boys. Call your doctor if your child who is using this medication is showing the early stages of puberty like a deepened voice, increased acne, and pubic hair growth or sweating.
Usage of this medicine can also increase your chances of having multiple pregnancies like twins, triplets, quadruplets etc. A multiple pregnancies is in any case a high risk pregnancy for the mother as well as the babies. Always follow the instructions given to you by your doctor regarding any of the special care that you might need during your period of pregnancy.
Although the HCG can help you in getting pregnant, this medication is considered in the pregnancy category X. This means that using this medication while you are already pregnant might cause harm and birth defects to the baby within the womb. Do not use this medication if you are already pregnant. Speak to your doctor right away once you become pregnant during the treatment with HCG. It is not known whether HCG passes into the breast milk. Thus, never use HCG without informing your doctor in case you are already breast feeding a baby.
Some of the things that you should discuss with your doctor before using the HCG
You should never ever use this medication if you have ever had any previous allergies to the reaction of HCG or in case you have:
- Early puberty which is also known as precocious puberty; or
- A hormone related cancer like the prostate cancer.
Before injecting HCG, speak to your doctor about any allergies that you have about drugs or if you have:
- An ovarian cyst
- A thyroid or an adrenal gland disorder
- Premature or early puberty
- Cancer or a tumour in the breast, ovary, prostate, uterus, hypothalamus or the pituitary gland.
- Uterine bleeding that is undiagnosed till date
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Migraine, or
If you have any of these above mentioned conditions, you might need to go for a dose adjustment or some special tests to check the safety of the HCG usage.
How should you take HCG?
Only use this medication as prescribed by the doctor. Do not ever use it in larger doses or for any longer than recommended. Make sure that you follow the directions on your prescription label.
The HCG is given as an injection into the muscles or just under the skin. Your doctor will be able to give you proper instruction about how to use this injection. You might be shown how to inject the medicine at home. Do not ever inject this medicine all by yourself unless you fully understand how to give this injection and also properly dispose the used needles and syringes after every usage.
Use disposable needle one at a time each. Throw away the used needles in a puncture proof container. You can also ask your pharmacist where you can get such a container and how to dispose it after usage. Keep the container, syringes and the needles out of reach of the children and the pets. To be absolutely sure that this medicine is helping your conditions, your doctor must check you on a regular basis. Never miss any scheduled appointments. Some brands of HCG come in the form of powder with a different liquid that you must mix together and then draw with the help of a syringe. Some other brands provide single dose pre-filled syringes.
Do not use this medicine in case it has changed colours or the liquid has any small particles within the container. Instead, call your doctor for a new prescription. Store the unmixed HCG at the room temperature away from the moisture, light and heat. After mixing the HCG, keep the solution in the refrigerator until you are ready for the injection. Throw away any of the already missed injections that you have not used within the 30 days after mixing it.
What happens if you miss a dose?
In case of a missed dose of HCG, contact your doctor.
What will happen in case of an overdose?
Seek medical help if you have used too much of this medicine. Although, any overdose of the HCG is not expected to produce any life threatening symptoms.
Some things that you should avoid while using the HCG
Strictly follow the doctor’s instructions about any kind of restrictions on food, beverages or any kind of activity that you are participating while using the HCG.
Side effects of HCG
Stop using the HCG and seek medical attention in case you have any of these signs of allergic reactions like hives, swelling of your face, tongue, lips or throat, difficulty in breathing. Call your doctor at once if you have any kind of signs related to blood clot: pain, warmth, numbness, redness or a tingling sensation in your arm or leg, extreme dizziness, confusion or severe headache.
Some women using this medication have come up with a condition known as the ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS), especially after the completion of the first treatment cycle. The OHSS can really be a life threatening condition for a woman. Call your doctor immediately in case you have any of the symptoms of OHSS:
- Severe pelvic pain,
- Swelling of the hands and legs,
- Shortness of breath,
- Stomach pain and swelling,
- Weight gain,
- Vomiting or
- Urinating less than normal.
The HCG can bring about early puberty in the young boys. Call your doctor if your child who is using this medication is showing the early stages of puberty like a deepened voice, increased acne, and pubic hair growth or sweating.
Some of the less serious side effects might also include:
- Feeling of irritation and restlessness
- Water weight gain or mild swelling
- Breast tenderness or swelling, or
- Pain, swelling or any kind of irritation where the injection is given.
This is not the complete guide to the side effects that might occur with the usage of HCG. Speak to your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effects.
What other drugs affect HCG?
There might be many other drugs that interact with the HCG. Speak to your physician about all the prescription and the over the counter medicines that you usually consume or use. This can include the vitamins, minerals, herbal products and the drugs that are prescribed for other diseases. Do not ever start a new medicine without informing your doctor.
Where can you get more information?
Your pharmacist, doctor or the health care provider can provide you with more information related to HCG. Remember to keep the medicine as well as all other medicines out of reach of the children, never share your medicines with other people and use this medicine for the indications that are prescribed only.
The information that you obtain from here is not intended for covering all the possible usages, precautions, instructions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions or side effects. In case of any queries related to the drugs that you are consuming, make sure to get in touch with your doctor.