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    Novarel (chorionic gonadotropin for injection) is a prescription medication that stimulates ovulation in women undergoing fertility treatment. It is a hormone that works by stimulating the release of eggs from the ovaries.

    It can also treat hypogonadotropic hypogonadism or prepubertal cryptorchidism not due to anatomic obstruction in males.

    Novarel is available in a powder form mixed with sterile water for injection and administered via intramuscular injection by a healthcare professional.

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    Higher bioavailability

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    Chemical Name

    Chorionic gonadotropin

    Elimination half-life

    24-36 hours

    Dosage (Strength)



    Consult Doctor



    Protein binding

    Not available

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    Routes of administration



    Novarel should only be administered under the supervision of a healthcare professional who is experienced in fertility treatment. The dosage and timing of administration will depend on the individual's response to treatment and the specific fertility protocol used.

    Follow all healthcare professionals' instructions and contact them immediately if you experience any side effects.

    If pregnancy occurs after treatment with Novarel, it is important to continue monitoring with regular prenatal care.


    The active ingredient in Novarel is chorionic gonadotropin.


    • There are no known significant interactions.


    Novarel should not be used in individuals with a history of hypersensitivity to chorionic gonadotropin or any ingredients in the medication.

    Novarel should not be used in individuals with a history of ovarian cysts, uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal gland disorders, or hormone-related cancers.

    It is important to inform your healthcare professional if you have a history of blood clots or other medical conditions that may be affected by hormonal changes.

    Side Effects

    Common adverse reactions are listed below. Contact your healthcare provider's office if you experience any of the following after taking Novarel:

    • Anaphylaxis
    • Angioedema
    • Arterial thrombosis
    • Depression
    • Dyspnea
    • Edema
    • Erythema
    • Fatigue
    • Gynecomastia
    • Headache
    • Hypersensitivity reaction
    • Irritability
    • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
    • Pain at the injection site
    • Precocious puberty
    • Restlessness
    • Rupture of ovarian cyst
    • Skin rash
    • Testicular neoplasm
    • Urticaria


    Novarel [package insert]. Parsippany, NJ: Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.; 2017.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 10873

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