Types of Medications
Here, we will help better explain types of medications, including simple explanations about the purpose and timing at which they are being prescribed.
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A large part of fertility treatment involves partaking in a hormonal cocktail of medications depending on the treatment plan your physician/RE/OBgyn lays out for you. Suddenly you are grappling with learning an entirely new language of infertility lingo as well as getting over the initial shock of possibly having to give yourself injectable medications.
There are a few things to beware of before diving head first into taking fertility medications. First, it is important to know that it is illegal to import fertility drugs from outside the United States. Partly due to the fact since they may be at a lower cost, they may not have Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval. If there is a problem with a particular batch of a drug, the FDA has no way to recall the drug. If you find yourself asking more questions about importing fertility medications before you consider it, reach out to the FDA office or the FDA Imports Operations Branch in Rockville, MD.
If you are considering sharing unused medication with others to help cut costs on their treatment expenses, that can come with a myriad of risks. It is illegal for RESOLVE to encourage you to donate or receive prescription medication without going through a pharmacy. If you’re unsure of what to do with your leftover medications, it’s best to consult with your infertility practice to understand the local laws regarding unused medications.
We will help you navigate the most common fertility drugs, pharmacies and a few tips and tricks in-between.
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Understanding Types of Medications
Contributed by: Russell Gellis, Rph, is President and owner of Apthorp Pharmacy, which has been serving customers in New York City since 1910. Gellis holds a BS in Pharmacy from St John’s University.
As couples make the decision to seek fertility treatment, they may often become quickly overwhelmed with all the different medications they will need to take. Before treatment begins, fertility patients will likely learn about their treatment protocol, which may include taking drugs that provide or suppress hormone activity.
Obviously physicians practicing in this area of medicine understand all the medications and the best protocols for patients, but may not always have the time to explain in great detail all the drugs and why they are being used. Here, we will help better explain fertility medications, including simple explanations about the purpose and timing at which they are being prescribed.
We have all heard the expression “Knowledge is Power”, and understanding your fertility medications before you seek treatment can only help your chances of achieving a pregnancy.
Disclaimer – this article was not written by a physician and should not in any way be considered as substitute for the medical advice of your healthcare provider.