Ovidrel is the brand name for choriogonadotropin alfa, a type of hormone called hCG that is used to treat infertility in women. Ovidrel is typically used in combination with another fertility medication called follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) that helps the ovaries produce eggs while hCG helps the eggs mature and facilitates release during ovulation. This fertility medication must be prescribed by your doctor.
Ovidrel is used to treat infertility in women who have healthy ovaries that have stopped producing eggs regularly. It is not recommended in cases of primary ovarian failure, which means the ovaries no longer make eggs properly.
The Ovidrel injection is administered in a prefilled syringe containing 250 µg, designed to be taken the day after the last dose of FSH is taken.
Ovidrel Side Effects
Some women experience Ovidrel side effects, which may include pain at the injection site, mood disturbances, mild abdominal pain, or nausea and vomiting. If you experience unusual vaginal bleeding while taking the Ovidrel injection, consult your supervising doctor right away. You should also seek medical attention if you experience the following serious side effects: weakness on just one side of the body, swollen ankles, hands, or feet, slurred speech, vision changes, or a sudden, severe headache.
Do not take Ovidrel while taking gonadorelin, another drug that may interact negatively. Make sure to tell your doctor about any other prescriptions, supplements, or over the counter medications you also take.