GENERIC NAME: PEGVISOMANT - INJECTION (peg-VIH-so-mant)
BRAND NAME(S): Somavert
USES: Pegvisomant is used to treat a certain condition called acromegaly. Acromegaly occurs when the body makes too much growth hormone and other natural substances such as insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I). Pegvisomant is usually used if you have not responded to other treatments (such as surgery, radiation, other medications). Treating acromegaly helps reduce the risk of serious problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Pegvisomant works by blocking the action of growth hormone and by reducing the amount of IGF-I to normal levels.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using pegvisomant and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Inject this medication under the skin as directed by your doctor, usually once daily into the upper arm, upper thigh, stomach area, or buttock. Dosage is based on your medical condition, lab test results, and response to treatment. Do not use more than 30 milligrams daily unless directed by your doctor.The first dose is usually given by a health care professional. If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.Take your dose out of the refrigerator and let it warm to room temperature. Do not shake the vial when preparing this medication. Gently roll the vial back and forth in your palms to dissolve the powder in the mixing solution.Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site daily to lessen injury under the skin. Choose areas that are not bruised, lumpy, or irritated.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
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