Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone, which is a word for something that changes all the time. But unlike some of the more well-known female hormones, like progesterone or estrogen, it doesn’t stay in your body all the time. Instead, it comes and goes in different amounts.
It is usually made by cells in the placenta, which makes it pretty unique to pregnancy.
The hormone HCG tells your body to make a lot of the hormone progesterone, which helps keep the pregnancy going. If you ovulated a couple of weeks ago and are now pregnant, HCG can be found in your urine and blood.
Even though the body produces HCG naturally during pregnancy, it can also treat some health problems. (The hormones that are available in the market come from the urine of pregnant women!)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved different ways to use HCG for men and women, but both men and women can use it to help them get pregnant.
What does this drug do?
HUMAN CHORIONIC GONADOTROPIN is a hormone. Men and women both use HCG for different things. HCG in addition to other fertility drugs makes it more likely that a woman will get pregnant. Before you purchase HCG injections, you must know a little bit about them. HCG helps make testosterone and sperm in men and boys over the age of 12. HCG is also available for boys who were born with a problem with their testes called cryptorchidism.
This medicine may be effective for other diseases as well. If you have quires or concerns, talk to your health expert or pharmacist.
How do I take this medication?
This medicine is either injected into a muscle, like a thigh or buttocks, or it is put under the skin. Ask your doctor what you should do. He will help you to know how to make this medicine and use it. Use exactly how it says to. Have your medicine at a fixed time every day. Don’t take your medicine more than the instructions say.
It is important to put used needles and syringes in a special container for sharps. Don’t throw them in the trash. If you don’t have a sharps container, you can get one by calling your pharmacist or a health care provider.
Talk to your child’s doctor about giving this medicine to the child. For some conditions, this drug can be given to male children as young as a few months old, but there are some things to watch out for.
Overdose: In case of an overdose call the emergency helpline right away if you’ve taken so much of this medicine.
Where should I store my pills?
Keep out of children’s reach.
It’s possible that you don’t need to keep this medicine at home. If you take this medicine at home, you should ask your pharmacist how to store it. Throw away the medications with an expiry date.
This sheet is a summary. It might not have all the information possible. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider if you have questions about this medicine.
What if I forget to take one?
It’s important not to forget to take your medicine. If you can’t make an appointment, call your doctor or other health care provider.
If you give yourself injections and forget to take one, take it as soon as you remember. If the user forgets till the next day, just skip the dose you missed and keep taking your medicine as usual. Do not use double or extra doses. Discuss with a doctor about all your queries and concerns.
For women getting infertility treatment: Don’t miss a dose, because the success of your treatment depends on how well you use this medicine. If you can’t make an appointment, call your doctor or other health care provider. Do not use double or extra doses if you are giving yourself injections. Contact your health adviser for any questions and concerns.