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Chorionic Gonadotropin, Human

Pronounced

"GO-nad-oh-TROW-pins, ko-ree-ON-ick"

Common brand names:

APL, Profasi

Uses

This medication is a hormone used in boys (before puberty) to cause the normal dropping of the testicles into the scrotum. It is also used in certain boys to help with normal sexual development. It works by causing the testes to release male sex hormones (e.g., testosterone).

This medication is also used in women to treat fertility problems. It is given after finishing another medication (menotropins) to cause the release of an egg (ovulation). It should not be used in women whose ovaries no longer make eggs properly (primary ovarian failure).

This medication has not been shown to be effective for weight loss and should not be used for this purpose.

How to Use This Medication

This medication is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional. If you are giving this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions for this product. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. If you have any questions about the use of this medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

The dosage is based on your age, weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.

For boys, use this medication usually 3 times a week or as directed by your doctor. For women, use this medication usually for 1 dose after finishing your menotropins treatment.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark the day(s) on the calendar when you need to receive the medication.

Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely. Consult your pharmacist for more details.

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