pegvisomant - injection, Somavert (cont.)
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.
SIDE EFFECTS: Lumps may occur under the skin if the same injection site is used often. To reduce the chance of this side effect, change the injection site daily. Redness/swelling at the injection site, pain, diarrhea, or nausea may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Get medical help right away if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: signs of liver problems (such as persistent nausea, vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, unusual tiredness, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine).A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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