150 IU / 75 IU
Follitropin alfa (rch)/Lutropin alfa (rch) Powder for Injection
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about PERGOVERIS.
It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using
PERGOVERIS against the benefits it is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Keep this information with your medicine.
You may need to read it again later.
What PERGOVERIS is used for
PERGOVERIS is a medicine containing follitropin alfa, a recombinant follicle stimulating
hormone (FSH) and lutropin alfa, a recombinant luteinising hormone (LH) which are
essentially similar to the hormones found naturally in humans, but they are made by
means of biotechnology. They belong to the family of hormones called gonadotrophins,
which are involved in the normal control of reproduction.
PERGOVERIS is for the treatment of women who have been shown to produce very low levels
of some of the hormones involved in the natural reproductive cycle. PERGOVERIS is
used to bring about the development of a single mature follicle. Follicles are structures
in the ovaries that mature the eggs (ova). Once adequate follicular development is
achieved, a single injectable dose of human chorionic gonadotrophins (hCG) is given,
which leads to the release of an egg from the follicle (ovulation).
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why PERGOVERIS has been prescribed
You doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
PERGOVERIS is available only on a doctor's prescription.
PERGOVERIS is not habit-forming.
Before you are given PERGOVERIS
When you must not use it
Do not use PERGOVERIS if:
you have a history of allergy to gonadotrophins or to any of the ingredients listed
at the end of this leaflet
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
shortness of breath
wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
rash, itching or hives on the skin.
Do not use PERGOVERIS if:
you are pregnant
you are breastfeeding
your ovaries are enlarged
you have an unexplained ovarian cyst
you have unexplained vaginal or uterine bleeding
you have cancer of the ovaries, uterus or breasts
you have tumours of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus.
If you are not certain whether these conditions apply to you, or you are worried about
anything on this list, tell your doctor.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date (month/year) on the packaging has passed,
or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If your medicine has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist or clinic
If you are not sure whether you should start using PERGOVERIS, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to use it
Your doctor will assess you and your partner's infertility. This may include tests
for other medical conditions, which may interfere with your ability to become pregnant.
If necessary, other medical conditions may be treated before starting infertility
treatments including PERGOVERIS.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
PERGOVERIS should not be used while you are breastfeeding.
Tell your doctor if you have any allergies to any foods, dyes, preservatives or any
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
disorders of the thyroid gland
disorders of the adrenal glands
high prolactin levels in the blood
fibroid tumours in your uterus which would make pregnancy impossible
if you have been through menopause
you or your family have increased risk factors for developing blood clots, e.g. stroke,
porphyria or a family history of porphyria.
Treatment with PERGOVERIS may increase your risk of developing a condition called
ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). This is when the ovaries over-react to
the hormonal treatment and become larger.
The most common symptom is lower abdominal pain. During stimulation your doctor will
monitor your treatment by the use of ultrasound and blood tests to help determine
if you are likely to develop OHSS.
If necessary your doctor will delay or cancel your PERGOVERIS injection. You may
also be advised to refrain from sexual intercourse or use barrier methods until the
end of the cycle if this occurs.
Compared to natural conception, the frequency of multiple pregnancies and births is
increased in patients receiving treatments that stimulate follicle growth for ovulation
induction. The majority of these are twins. Your doctor will monitor your ovarian
response to minimise the chance of multiple pregnancies, because of the greater risks
they carry for mothers and babies. However, this risk can be minimised by using the
recommended dose and time of injections.
Compared to natural conception, the frequency of pregnancy loss is higher in patients
undergoing treatments to stimulate follicle growth for ovulation induction.
There may be a slightly increased risk of birth defects in women using assisted reproductive
technologies. This may be due to increased maternal age, genetic factors, multiple
pregnancies or the procedures. An effect of medicines used to induce ovulation has
not been excluded.
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have before undergoing treatment or
before you start using PERGOVERIS.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines:
all prescription medicines
all medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements or natural therapies you buy without a
prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket, naturopath or health food shop.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or
to avoid while using PERGOVERIS.
How PERGOVERIS is given
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Treatment with PERGOVERIS should be started under the supervision of a specialist
doctor experienced in fertility treatment.
PERGOVERIS is given as a course of daily injections. You should have your injection
at the same time each day.
PERGOVERIS should not be given in the same injection with other medicines, except
Do not use PERGOVERIS on anyone else.
It is for your use only.
How much to inject
Your treatment should be tailored according to your individual response.
Your doctor will tell you how much PERGOVERIS to use and when to inject it.
It is usually recommended that your treatment with PERGOVERIS starts with one vial
If needed, your doctor may increase your dose of follitropin alfa by 37.5 - 75 IU,
preferably at 7-14 day intervals.
Each vial is for single use only.
How to inject
PERGOVERIS is given as a subcutaneous (under your skin) injection in the lower abdominal
area or thigh, each day for up to 3 weeks.
Your doctor may decide to extend the treatment to up to 5 weeks.
PERGOVERIS is intended to be injected by you or by your partner.
Alternatively your doctor or a nurse may give you these injections.
If your doctor or nurse decides you can give the injections yourself, the doctor or
a nurse will teach you the injection technique.
Do not self-inject until you are sure of how to do it.
Read the Instructions for Use provided in the pack carefully before commencing injections.
Your partner may be trained to give the injection at home.
Where to inject
PERGOVERIS is usually given in the lower abdominal area (except around the navel and
waistline) or the front of your thigh. The injection site should be changed daily
to lessen possible injection site reactions
Do not inject into any areas in which you feel lumps, firm knots, depressions, pain
Talk to your doctor if you find anything unusual when injecting.
If you forget to inject PERGOVERIS
If you forget an injection or are not sure what to do, contact your doctor or nurse
immediately for advice.
Do not inject a double dose on any day.
Ask your doctor if you are not sure what to do or have trouble remembering to inject
If you injected too much
Immediately contact your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (In Australia telephone
131 126. In New Zealand telephone 0800 764 766) if you are concerned that you have
given yourself too much or someone else has injected themselves with PERGOVERIS.
While you are using PERGOVERIS
Your doctor will carefully monitor your response using ultrasound and blood tests
before and during treatment with PERGOVERIS.
Things you must do
See your doctor regularly.
Your doctor will monitor you closely throughout your treatment.
Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while using PERGOVERIS.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist
that you are using PERGOVERIS.
If you plan to have surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using PERGOVERIS.
Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are using
Things you must not do
If you are self-injecting do not:
Stop using PERGOVERIS without telling your doctor.
Change the dose unless your doctor tells you to. Changing your dose without advising
your doctor can increase your risk of unwanted side effects or prevent the medicine
from working properly.
Give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours or
if they have the same condition as you.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how PERGOVERIS affects you.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while using PERGOVERIS.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time
they are not.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor immediately, or go to the Accident and Emergency section of your
nearest hospital if you experience any of the following:
signs of allergic reactions, including swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other
parts of the body; shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; severe skin
rash, itching or hives
inflammation, swelling or pain in your legs
signs of severe OHSS such as severe lower abdominal pain, severe pelvic pain, nausea,
vomiting, diarrhoea followed by rapid weight gain, reduced amounts of urine and shortness
warning signs of stroke or heart attack
warning signs of blood clots (such as pain, warmth, redness, numbness or tingling
in arm or leg).
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal discomfort, abdominal distension, abdominal
ovarian cysts, ovarian enlargement, breast pain, pelvic pain
local reactions at the injection site, such as bruising, pain, redness, itching or
Ectopic pregnancy (embryo implanted outside the womb) may occur, especially in women
with a history of prior tubal disease.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients.
After using PERGOVERIS
Prior to reconstitution keep the vials in a cool dry place where the temperature is
Store in the original package in order to protect from light.
Once the PERGOVERIS powder is dissolved with the solvent provided it should be injected
immediately. This is due to the solvent not containing preservative. Any solution
that is left over must be discarded.
Do not use the dissolved solution if it contains particles or is not clear.
Do not use the product after the expiry date printed on the label.
Do not use PERGOVERIS if you notice any visible signs of deterioration or damage to
Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car.
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.
If you are self-injecting, you should discard all sharps into a disposal unit.
Each vial of medicine is for single use only. Any medicine left over after injecting
should be discarded.
If you have any PERGOVERIS that has expired or is left over from your treatment, refer
this to your clinic.
What it looks like
PERGOVERIS is a sterile white powder in a vial.
Each vial of PERGOVERIS contains 150 IU (equivalent to 10.92 microgram) follitropin
alfa and 75 IU (equivalent to 3.0 microgram) lutropin alfa.
PERGOVERIS is available in packs of 1, 3 or 10 vials. Each pack also contains a corresponding
number of vials of 1 mL water for injections.
Follitropin alfa (rch)
Lutropin alfa (rch)
Dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate
Monobasic sodium phosphate monohydrate
Pergoveris is supplied in Australia by:
Merck Serono Australia Pty Ltd
3-4/25 Frenchs Forest Road
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
For enquiries call: 1800 633 463
Pergoveris is supplied in New Zealand by:
58 Richard Pearse Drive
Airport Oaks, Auckland
For enquiries call: 0800 426 252
The Australian Registration number for PERGOVERIS is AUST R 152797.
This leaflet was prepared in January 2019