What is Bravelle?
Bravelle (urofollitropin) is a purified version of a hormone that is responsible for follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). When a woman is experiencing issues with fertility, a medication such as Bravelle may be prescribed if the cause of the infertility is a deficiency in follicle-stimulating hormone. Bravelle is also capable of helping the ovaries create multiple eggs that can be used in IVF—in vitro fertilization.
Bravelle works by imitating the functions of follicle-stimulating hormone—which stimulates eggs to mature and become ready to be released by the ovaries. Bravelle is typically not prescribed alone, it is often coupled with hcG (human chorionic gonadotropin). hcG stimulates ovulation by imitating a naturally occurring hormone called luteinizing hormone.
What is In Vitro Fertilization?
In vitro fertilization is a collection of procedures that are used to aid women who are having issues getting pregnant. IVF is not only used for fertility issues, but also for attempting to prevent any genetic problems. When undergoing IVF, eggs that have matured are collected from the ovaries and are fertilized artificially by sperm in a lab. The fertilized egg or eggs are then moved to a uterus. A full cycle of IVF takes approximately 3 weeks.
How is Bravelle Used?
Bravelle is used via injection under the skin or into a muscle. If you are unsure or hesitant using a syringe, ask your doctor to show you how to use a syringe so that you can take medication at home. The proper disposal of syringes is also equally important. Bravelle comes in a powdered form that must be mixed and diluted with a liquid before use. Understanding how to properly mix the medication is important when trying to get your dosage right.
It is extremely important that you do not shake the medication bottle as this can negatively affect the medication. The medication must be gently swirled to mix it. As always with dosages, it depends on your personal information such as weight and tolerance to the medication. The best dose is the one which is the minimum amount to achieve the desired effect.
Side Effects of Bravelle
Some women who are using Bravelle may experience a severe side effect called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). OHSS is a life-threatening condition. If you experience the following symptoms, stop using Bravelle immediately and contact your doctor:
- Rapid weight gain
- Sudden reduction in urination
- Chest pain, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood
- Stomach pain or bloating
- Pain upon breathing, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate
Bravelle Patient Assistance
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