Follistim® (follitropin beta injection)
What is Follistim AQ and How Does it Work?
Follistim® AQ Cartridge (follitropin beta injection) helps support women in developing and releasing mature eggs. Consisting of a man-made form of the hormone FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), which is responsible for regulating healthy ovulation among women, Follistim AQ may be prescribed in conjunction with other fertility medications or for women who are participating in an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) program. Men may also receive a prescription for Follistim injection to help improve sperm production, as part of a fertility treatment plan.
Follistim vs. Gonal-f RFF
Both Follistim AQ and Gonal-f RFF are prescribed by doctors to help treat infertility issues in both women and men. Based on your health history, fertility plan, and other prescribed medications, your doctor will work with you to find the best treatment plan that offers you the highest success rate for pregnancy.
To learn more about Gonal-f RFF, its benefits, side effects, and how to self-administer this drug safely at home, visit our Gonal-f RFF medication instruction page for more details.
Watch Our Follistim Injection Video
To learn more about how Follistim works, watch a professional step-by-step tutorial on how to self-inject a Follistim pen at home
Common Follistim Side Effects
Common side effects may include abdominal pain, bloating, breast pain, and nausea. Injection site bruising and soreness may occur, as well. This medication may cause thromboembolic episodes, which can create tight chest sensation or difficulty breathing.
Follistim AQ may also lead to Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS), which should be treated as a serious matter. Common symptoms of OHSS include:
- Abdominal Cramps
- Abdominal Discomfort
- Difficulty Breathing
If you are experiencing any of these above symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
Storing Your Follistim AQ Cartridges
Store your medication at room temperature between 59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (or 15 to 25 degrees Celsius) for up to 90 days. Once you use the product, store inside your refrigerator. If the product is kept refrigerated, it is good until its expiration date written on the box. If you keep this product unrefrigerated, it should last for a maximum of 28 days.
Missing a Follistim Injection
If you missed a dose on the same day, you may usually inject the dose as soon as you remember. However, it is vital that you contact your physician immediately for instructions.
Do not double the dose on your own. Speak to your healthcare provider if you miss a Follistim injection!
Find Follistim Injections Support and Education
Want to learn more about using your Follistim pen and cartridges? The friendly, professional pharmacy staff at Mandell’s Clinical Pharmacy are available 24/7 to answer your questions, address your concerns, and offer the ongoing support you deserve throughout your fertility treatment journey.