pramlintide, Symlin

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GENERIC NAME: pramlintide


DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Pramlintide is an injectable drug that lowers the level of sugar (glucose) in blood. It is used for treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Pramlintide is a synthetic (man-made) hormone that resembles human amylin. Amylin is a hormone that is produced by the pancreas and released into the blood after meals where it helps the body to regulate levels of blood glucose. Amylin acts in several ways to control blood glucose. It slows the rate at which food (including glucose) is absorbed from the intestine. Amylin reduces the production of glucose by the liver by inhibiting the action of glucagon, a hormone produced by the pancreas that stimulates the production of glucose by the liver. Amylin also reduces appetite. In studies, pramlintide-treated patients achieved lower blood glucose levels and experienced weight loss. Pramlintide was approved by the FDA in March 2005.



PREPARATIONS: Sterile injection: 5 ml vials, 600 mcg/ml. Multidose SymlinPen: 1000 mcg/ml (1.5 and 2.7 ml).

STORAGE: Unopened vials and pen-injectors should be refrigerated between 2-8 C (36-46 F). Opened (in use) vials and pen-injectors should be refrigerated or kept at room temperature (no greater than 86 F, 30 C ) and used within 28 days.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Pramlintide is used in combination with insulin in patients with type 1 diabetes who use mealtime insulin and have not achieved adequate glucose control. It is also used in patients with type 2 diabetes who use mealtime insulin and have uncontrolled blood glucose levels despite maximal insulin therapy, with or without sulfonylurea and/or metformin (Glucophage).

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