Follistim contains follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), one of the hormones that stimulates the ovary to make mature eggs. Follistim is used to stimulate the development of multiple follicles in women undergoing assisted reproductive technology treatments (ART). This medication may also be used to induce ovulation in women for certain types of ovarian dysfunction.
How Do I Use Follistim? AQ Cartridge?
Tear off a single applicator.
Follistim?-AQ comes in 300 IU and 600 IU cartridges. Here are step-by-step instructions for taking Follistim? using the Follistim?-AQ cartridges:
Wash your hands thoroughly and make sure that the surface you work on is clean.
Pull the cap pen off. Unscrew the yellow section from the blue section. Clean the rubber end of the cartridge with an alcohol wipe.
Insert the cartridge with the rubber end down into the yellow section.
Screw the yellow and blue sections back together. Line up the blue triangle (on the yellow section) and the yellow rectangle (on the blue section).
Screw the needle securely onto the end of the yellow section.
Pull off the cap, and pull the inner sheath off. Hold the Follisitm pen with the needle pointing upward. Tap the pen gently to help air bubbles rise to the top.
Look for a droplet at the end of the needle. If you do not see a droplet, dial the dosage knob one notch on the dosage scale until you hear a click. With the needle pointing upward, push the orange injection button in all the way and look again for a droplet at the needle tip. Repeat until a droplet appears at the tip of the needle.
To dial your dose turn the dial gently until the desired dose is in the clear section of the window. If you dial past your dose DO NOT turn it back. Turn it all the way forward until the dial is loose, push the injection button in all the way, and dial again.
Wipe the injection site with alcohol. Let it dry.
When the alcohol is dry, pinch a fold of skin. Holding the needle like a pencil, insert the needle.
Inject the medication by pushing down on the dial. Once the dial is completely pushed down, hold the pen with the needle in place for 5 seconds. Pull the needle straight out.
Gently press an alcohol pad on the injection site for five seconds.
Check the pen dial. It should be at zero. If the dosage window does not read "0" it means there was not enough medication in the cartridge. The number in the window will give you the amount of medicine needed to complete your dose.
Put the cap back on the needle.
Unscrew it from the pen.
And place it into a biohazard container such as a Sharps container - or in a sealable, unbreakable plastic container such as a laundry detergent bottle.
Never Reuse Needles or Syringes!
Put the cap back on the pen. Save pen and cartridge for your next injection (if it still contains medication).
Please be aware that some of these instructions may vary slightly based upon your particular situation or preference.