In addition to the help our skilled nurses can provide when you call our Patient Care Center at 877.334.1610 24-hours a day, seven days a week, we have created some additional resources to help you with your fertility medication injections. For more information, visit Village Fertility Pharmacy This medication education video demonstrates how to administer a Follistim injection. Follistim AQ Cartridge for use with the Follistim Pen. Follistim (follitropin beta) contains human follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) that is manufactured using recombinant DNA technology. Follistim AQ cartridge is a prefilled, premixed recombinant gonadotropin. Packaged in 300 IU (international units), 600 IU and 900 IU cartridges, the Follistim Pen allows the user to dial a specific dose in 25 IU increments from 50 IU to 450 IU per subcutaneous injection. It is indicated for the development of multiple follicles in ovulatory patients participating in an assisted reproductive technology (ART) program. It is also indicated for the induction of ovulation and pregnancy in anovulatory infertile patients in whom the cause of infertility is functional and not due to primary ovarian failure. How It Works: Follistim is administered as a subcutaneous injection. Follistim acts like naturally produced FSH by stimulating a follicle (egg) to develop and mature in the ovary. Follistim is also used to stimulate the development of multiple eggs for assisted reproductive technologies. Storage: Follistim AQ Cartridge 300IU, 600IU, 900IU Store refrigerated until the expiration date OR at room temperature (77°F) for 3 months or until expiration date, whichever occurs first. Once the Cartridge has been pierced by a needle the Cartridge can be stored for a maximum of 28 days refrigerated or at room temperature (36-77°F). Protect from light. Do not freeze. Potential Side Effects: Side effects that may occur include: abdominal pain/discomfort, ovarian cysts, dizziness, flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, muscle aches, joint pains, nausea, headache, malaise, breast tenderness, dry skin, body rash, hives. Treatment with Follistim may increase the likelihood of multiple births. The risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) should be discussed with your physician prior to treatment. Early warning signs include severe pelvic pain, nausea, vomiting and weight gain. If you experience an allergic reaction: difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; or hives; seek emergency medical attention immediately. And if at any time you experience: pain, warmth, redness, numbness, or tingling in an arm or leg; confusion, severe dizziness or severe headache, seek medical attention immediately. PLEASE NOTE: If these or any other side effects occur, contact your physician.