Stimulation of multifollicular development

Active Ingredient: Follitropin alfa

Indication for Follitropin alfa

Population group: women, only adults (18 - 65 years old)
Therapeutic intent: Curative procedure

Stimulation of multifollicular development in women undergoing superovulation for assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), gamete intra-fallopian transfer and zygote intra-fallopian transfer.

For this indication, competent medicine agencies globally authorize below treatments:

150-450 IU once a day

Route of admnistration


Defined daily dose

150 - 450 [iU]

Dosage regimen

From 150 To 450 [iU] once every day

Detailed description

A commonly used regimen for superovulation involves the administration of 150-225 IU of follitropin alfa daily, commencing on days 2 or 3 of the cycle. Treatment is continued until adequate follicular development has been achieved (as assessed by monitoring of serum oestrogen concentrations and/or ultrasound examination), with the dose adjusted according to the patient’s response, to usually not higher than 450 IU daily. In general adequate follicular development is achieved on average by the tenth day of treatment (range 5 to 20 days).

A single injection of 250 micrograms r-hCG or 5,000 IU up to 10,000 IU hCG is administered 24-48 hours after the last follitropin alfa injection to induce final follicular maturation.

Down-regulation with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist or antagonist is now commonly used in order to suppress the endogenous LH surge and to control tonic levels of LH. In a commonly used protocol, follitropin alfa is started approximately 2 weeks after the start of agonist treatment, both being continued until adequate follicular development is achieved. For example, following two weeks of treatment with an agonist, 150-225 IU follitropin alfa are administered for the first 7 days. The dose is then adjusted according to the ovarian response.

Overall experience with IVF indicates that in general the treatment success rate remains stable during the first four attempts and gradually declines thereafter.

Active ingredient

Follitropin alfa

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