Lutropin Alfa (loo-TROE-pin AL-fa)
Used with follitropin alfa to treat female infertility. This medicine is a hormone. Lutropin alfa (Luveris®) injections were withdrawn from the US market by EMD Serono on July 16, 2012.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to other hormonal infertility treatments. You might not be able to use this medicine if you have thyroid problems, adrenal gland problems, or certain types of tumors. Do not use this medicine if you have any unusual vaginal bleeding, have had any unusual growth in the ovaries, or if you are pregnant.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin.
- You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas.
- This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
If a dose is missed:
- The timing of when you use this medicine is very important. Use the medicine on the exact day and at the exact time your doctor has ordered.
- Try not to miss any doses, and keep all appointments with your doctor.
- If you do miss a dose, call your doctor for instructions.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- If you store this medicine at home, keep it in the refrigerator or at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. If you store this medicine in the refrigerator, let it adjust to room temperature before you use it. Do not store the medicine in the syringe.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine, containers, and other supplies. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, heart disease, or a history of breathing problems such as asthma. Make sure your doctor knows if you have ever had a stroke or problems with blood clots.
- This medicine may cause more than one egg at a time to be released from the ovary, and there is a chance you may become pregnant with more than one baby. Talk with your doctor about this risk before you start using this medicine.
- Along with using this medicine, you will need to visit your doctor for regular tests and procedures. It may take several months for you to become pregnant.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Breakthrough vaginal bleeding
- Chest pain, trouble breathing, coughing up blood
- Dark-colored urine or pale stools
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate
- Pain in your lower leg (calf)
- Pain or swelling in your lower abdomen
- Painful or difficult breathing
- Rapid weight gain
- Severe nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
- Yellow skin or eyes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Breast pain
- Headache or tiredness
- Mild nausea
- Pain or swelling where the shot is given