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Hcg Side Effects

Hcg Side Effects

What is HCG?

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone that supports the normal development of an egg in a woman's ovary, and stimulates the release of the egg during ovulation.

HCG is used to cause ovulation and to treat infertility in women, and to increase sperm count in men. HCG is also used in young boys when their testicles have not dropped down into the scrotum normally. This can be caused by a pituitary gland disorder.

HCG may also be used for other purposes not listed.

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

Serious Side Effects of HCG

  • Entering puberty sooner than normal
  • Painful rupture or swelling of the ovaries
  • Allergic reactions, including life-threatening ones
  • Blood clots
  • Multiple pregnancies (conceiving twins or triplets)

HCG and Weight Loss

Although a prescription drug, HCG pills and liquid are sometimes purchased as a weight-loss supplement.

Since the FDA has not approved HCG for weight loss or over-the-counter (OTC) use, its sale is illegal, and any purported benefit of HCG in weight loss remains controversial.

The manufacturer of Pregnyl clearly states in its package insert that HCG has no proven benefit in weight loss, appetite decrease, or change in body-fat composition.

HCG Dosage

The dose of injectable HCG that your doctor prescribes depends on your sex and the condition being treated.

HCG Overdose

If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.

You can contact a poison control center at (800) 222-1222.

Missed Dose of HCG

If you've missed an injection or an appointment to receive your injection, call your doctor's office to reschedule as soon as possible.

If you're injecting the medication yourself, call your doctor and do not double the dose to make up for the mixed one.

Before using HCG

You should not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to HCG, or if you have:

  • early puberty (also called precocious puberty); or
  • a hormone-related cancer (such as prostate cancer).

Before receiving HCG tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs or if you have:

  • a thyroid or adrenal gland disorder;
  • an ovarian cyst;
  • premature puberty;
  • cancer or a tumor of the breast, ovary, uterus, prostate, hypothalamus, or pituitary gland;
  • undiagnosed uterine bleeding;
  • heart disease;
  • kidney disease;
  • epilepsy;
  • migraines
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