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Hcg Level At 4 Weeks

Hcg Level At 4 Weeks

What Is HCG?

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a natural hormone that doctors prescribe as an injectable drug with the brand names Pregnyl and Novarel, and in a related form called Ovidrel.

HCG improves fertility by increasing sperm production in men and encouraging egg release in women.

It also helps treat sex hormone-linked conditions, such as undescended testes in young men and undeveloped sexual traits in girls.

Depending on its use, HCG is considered to be either an endocrine drug or a fertility drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved HCG in 1974.

Dosage Limits 

No specific maximum dosage limit recommendations are available. Dosage regimens of urine-derived human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) depend upon the patient's age, sex, weight, condition being treated, product chosen, and the prescribing clinician's judgment. Therefore, doses may vary widely and must be carefully individualized.

HCG Side Effects

Common Side effects of HCG

  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Swelling in the feet, ankles, lowers legs, or hands
  • Appearance of female breasts in men
  • Pain in the area where you received the injection

Contraindications and Precautions

Your health care provider needs to know if you have any of these conditions:  asthma; cyst on the ovary; heart disease; migraine; kidney disease; ovarian cancer or other female-related cancer; prostate cancer or other male-related cancer; seizures; an unusual or allergic reaction to HCG or other products; pregnant; breast-feeding. Your healthcare provider will monitor treatment, including urine samples, blood tests, or ultrasound exams. If you think you have become pregnant, contact your healthcare provider at once.

Human chorionic gonadotropin, HCG is contraindicated for use in any patient with a prior history of HCG hypersensitivity. Choriogonadotropin alfa (r-HCG) is contraindicated in patients who have previously demonstrated hamster protein hypersensitivity. r-HCG is manufactured using Chinese hamster ovary cells.

Certain urine-derived human chorionic gonadotropin, HCG products are packaged with diluents containing Bacteriostatic Water for Injection, USP (i.e., contains benzyl alcohol).89 Such diluents should be used cautiously in any patient with a history of benzyl alcohol hypersensitivity. Benzyl alcohol has been associated with a fatal 'gasping syndrome' in neonates and premature infants and therefore diluents containing benzyl alcohol should be avoided in these populations.

The safety and effectiveness of human chorionic gonadotropin in children have not been established except as stated for the treatment of male children with cryptorchidism not due to anatomic obstruction. While the manufacturers do not recommend HCG for this use in male children under the age of 4 years, the literature describes HCG treatment protocols in younger children. Consult specialized references for the most current recommendations. Human chorionic gonadotropin, HCG may induce precocious puberty in males treated for cryptorchidism. This risk should be balanced against the expected benefit from the treatment (see Adverse Reactions). HCG is contraindicated in patients with precocious puberty.

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