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Somavert Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is pegvisomant (Somavert)?
- What are the possible side effects of pegvisomant (Somavert)?
- What is the most important information I should know about pegvisomant (Somavert)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking pegvisomant (Somavert)?
- How should I take pegvisomant (Somavert)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Somavert)?
- What happens if I overdose (Somavert)?
- What should I avoid while taking pegvisomant (Somavert)?
- What other drugs will affect pegvisomant (Somavert)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking pegvisomant (Somavert)?
You should not use pegvisomant if you are allergic to it.
To make sure you can safely use pegvisomant, tell your doctor if you have other medical conditions, especially:
- liver disease;
- a latex allergy; or
- a tumor that secretes growth hormone.
FDA pregnancy category B. Pegvisomant is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether pegvisomant passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.
How should I take pegvisomant (Somavert)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Use pegvisomant regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Pegvisomant is injected under the skin. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
Pegvisomant is a powder medicine that must be mixed with a liquid (diluent) before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medicine.
Do not shake the medication bottle or you may ruin the medicine. Prepare your dose in a syringe only when you are ready to give yourself an injection. Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Use a different place on your stomach, thigh, buttocks, or upper arm each time you give the injection. Your care provider will show you the best places on your body to inject the medication. Do not inject into the same place two times in a row.
Each single-use vial (bottle) of this medicine is for one use only. Throw away after one use, even if there is still some medicine left in it after injecting your dose.
Use a disposable needle only once. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, you may need blood tests and CT scans or other radiologic (x-ray) examinations during treatment. Visit your doctor regularly.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using pegvisomant.
Store in the refrigerator, do not freeze.
You may store mixed medicine at room temperature, but you must use it within 6 hours after mixing.
Additional Somavert Information
- Somavert Drug Interactions Center: pegvisomant subq
- Somavert Side Effects Center
- Somavert Overview including Precautions
- Somavert FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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