Cetrotide

(cetrorelix)

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Helps women to get pregnant when they are having trouble conceiving naturally.

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Cetrotide (cetrorelix) is a fertility treatment that you can give to yourself at home, but it is expensive.

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    $604.80
Quick facts about Cetrotide
  • Drug class: women's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Not a lot of side effects and they happen very rarely.
  • Can be given at home.
  • Comes as a pre-packaged kit, so it's easy to set up and use.
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Downsides

  • Brand name only, so it may be expensive.
  • Can't be used if you have kidney problems.
  • Can't be used if you are currently breastfeeding.
  • Only available as an injection that must be given for a few days in a row.
  • Has to be given along with other fertility treatments, so it's not the only medicine you will receive.
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How it works

Cetrotide (cetrorelix) temporarily stops a natural hormone in your body that is responsible for causing ovulation. Using it for a few days at a certain part of your menstrual cycle can make you more likely to ovulate at the right time and have a better chance of getting pregnant.

Quick facts about Cetrotide
  • Drug class: women's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Cetrotide (cetrorelix) for Controlled ovulation

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  • Possible side effects
  • Overstimulation of ovaries
  • Nausea
  • Headache
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Side effect rates for Cetrotide (cetrorelix)

From 949 clinical trials of Cetrotide when taken for controlled ovulation
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Risks and Warnings for Cetrotide (cetrorelix)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of allergic conditions

    Get emergency medical help right away if you notice trouble breathing, chest tightness, swelling in the face or tongue, or blue skin color after using Cetrotide (cetrorelix). These are signs of a life-threatening allergic reaction. If you know you are allergic to any fertility medicines, please tell your doctor before starting Cetrotide (cetrorelix).

Common concerns from people taking Cetrotide (cetrorelix)

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Kidneys and liver
  • You can't use Cetrotide (cetrorelix) if you have severe kidney problems. Tell your doctor before starting the medicine if you know you have kidney problems. Your doctor will need to change you to a different medicine.
  • Can't be used if you have kidney problems.