HCGStimulating the release of eggs (ovulation) in women having treatment for infertility caused by problems with their natural ovulation. Stimulating the final maturation of eggs in women having in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. Low sperm count (oligospermia) in men. Delayed puberty in boys. This is when boys do not develop secondary sexual characteristics at the normal age (12 - 14 years old). Testicles which have not dropped in boys. HCG 5000iu injections contain the active ingredient chorionic gonadotrophin, which is a natural sex hormone also known as human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG. In women, HCG is used together with other hormones called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinising hormone (LH) in the treatment of infertility. Normally, in the ovaries in women, FSH increases the number of growing follicles and stimulates their development. Within the follicles are the developing eggs. FSH also increases the production of oestrogen, and under the influence of this hormone, the largest follicle continues to develop. As the amount of oestrogen in the blood increases, this triggers a surge of another hormone called LH, which results in the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation). Use with caution in
History of migraines.
Boys who have not yet reached puberty.
Women at risk of blood clots in the blood vessels (thromboembolism, eg deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism), for example due to a personal or family history, or obesity.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Not to be used in
Men and women with tumours of the pituitary or hypothalamic glands in the brain.
Men with prostate, breast or testicular cancer.
Women with breast, uterine or ovarian cancer.
Women with vaginal bleeding of unknown cause.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Pregnancy and breastfeeding Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine. This medicine must not be used in women who are already pregnant or breastfeeding. Seek further medical advice from your doctor. Side effects Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
Changes in mood.
Excessive fluid retention in the body tissues, resulting in swelling (oedema), particularly in men.
Reactions at the injection site.
Enlargement of the breasts (gynaecomastia).
Over-stimulation of the ovaries in women, causing the production of many eggs (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome or OHSS - see warning section above).
Blood clot formation in a vein (thromboembolism), usually of the leg (deep vein thrombosis) in women.
Vials of HCG 5000iu should be stored between 2C – 8C. Do not freeze. Protect from light. Any unused
portion should be discarded.