- Why did doctors prescribe tesamorelin injection?
- How should tesamorelin injection be used?
- What is tesamorelin injection side effects?
- What are other uses of tesamorelin injection?
- What special dietary plans should I follow?
- What special precautions could I take?
- What can I know about the storage and disposal of this medication?
- What do I do if I forget a dose?
- What other information should I know?
Why did doctors prescribe tesamorelin injection?
In 2010, Tesamorelin is approved initially, to used in the treatment of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-associated lipodystrophy) and in adults to decrease the extra amount of fat in the stomach area. Tesamorelin injection comes under the class of medications known as human growth hormone-releasing factor (GRF) analogs. Because of some dugs of HIV, you may be decreased or increase the fat in the upper back, stomach area, arms, and legs.
To make more growth hormone in your body, tesamorelin injection can work. For weight loss, this medication can’t work. Tesamorelin injection works to decrease the amount of body fat by increasing the production of a certain natural substance.
How should tesamorelin injection be used?
Tesamorelin injection is available in the form of powder to be mixed with the liquid with the medication your doctor prescribed you to take and injected under the skin. Usually, your healthcare professionals will prescribe you this medication to be injected once a day. Ensure to follow the directions exactly on your prescription label carefully because the length and dosage of treatment depend on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Don’t ever try to take less or more of this medication than prescribed by your doctor or pharmacists. Always take this medication at around the same time each and every day. If you don’t understand any of the parts then ask your health care provider to explain all the things again.
If you are new or you are using this medication the first time then, there is a manufacturer’s information that comes with this medication for the patient, read that information before use it. This medication comes in two boxes, one box with these injection vials and another with vials containing a liquid that can mix with the medication, needles, and syringes. When you mixed the medication use them right away. Never try to store the mix injection and if you have any used tesamorelin injection then dispose of them.
What is tesamorelin injection side effects?
Tesamorelin injection is a medication that can be used only for serious side effects. That’s why this medication can only be used by people who have some serious side effects. Without your healthcare professionals don’t try to use this medication and they will suggest this medication by judging the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Don’t try to use it for a longer time period than prescribed.
Contact your healthcare professionals immediately, if you are having any of these side effects or symptoms mentioned below while you are using the tesamorelin injection medication.
Some common side effects of tesamorelin injection:
- You’ll feel itchy.
- You’ll feel joint pain.
- You’ll feel swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs.
- You’ll feel pain or numbness in the hands or wrists.
- You’ll feel pain in the arms or legs.
- You’ll feel muscle aches, stiffness, or spasms.
- You’ll feel vomiting.
- You’ll feel tingling, numbness, or a pricking sensation.
- You’ll feel redness, itching, pain, bruising, bleeding, or swelling at the site where you got the injection.
- You’ll feel night sweats.
- You’ll feel difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Some serious side effects of tesamorelin injection:
- You’ll feel hives.
- You’ll feel a fast heartbeat.
- You’ll feel rash.
- You’ll feel dizziness
- You’ll feel swelling of the face or throat.
- You’ll feel shortness of breath.
- You’ll feel difficulty breathing.
- You’ll feel fainting.
This is not the complete list of all symptoms and side effects of this medication. In case, if you are facing any unusual problems and do not go away or are getting worse then immediately contact your health care professionals. This medication may also cause some other side effects also.
If you are in the United States and you are facing these serious side effects or someone near you then you can contact the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or call at 1-888-463-6332 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
What are other uses of tesamorelin injection?
Your health care professional can also prescribe this medication for other uses and you can ask them for more information or other uses of tesamorelin injection.
What special dietary plans should I follow?
Always follow your dietary recommendations and exercise plan made by your healthcare professional. Ask your doctor for instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity or getting enough vitamins and minerals. And in case, if your doctor didn’t give you any instructions, you can continue your normal diet by just avoiding fast food.
What special precautions could I take?
If you have experienced or faced any of the problems mentioned above then contact your health care professionals immediately. Follow all the mentioned precautions carefully, these are all precautions that you can take while using this product.
You should have followed this special precaution before using tesamorelin injection:
- While you were infected with HIV or are using tesamorelin injection then you shouldn’t have to breastfeed your child. This injection can be very harmful to the fetus.
- If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you become pregnant and you want to take a tesamorelin injection then tell your doctor and pharmacist immediately.
- If you are taking some vitamins, nutritional supplements, prescription, and non-prescription medication or drugs and any other drug or medicine, and herbal products, especially corticosteroids or hormonal steroids such as cortisone, dexamethasones such as Decadron, Dexone, and cyclosporines such as Gengraf, Sandimmune, Neoral, medications for seizures, estrogen such as Premarin, Prempro, methylprednisolone, prednisone, progesterone, and testosterone, or planning to take them while using this medication then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
- If you are allergic to this injection, any other drugs, or any of the ingredients in this medication, or mannitol (Osmitrol) then tell your doctor and pharmacist and ask them for all ingredients of tesamorelin injection by which you are allergic.
- If you have or have ever had kidney, or diabetes then tell your doctor and pharmacist.
- If you are having surgery, including dental surgery while having the tesamorelin injection then tell your doctor and dentist.
- If you have or have ever had cancer or any kind of growth or tumor then your healthcare professionals will not suggest you take tesamorelin injection.
- If you have or have ever had a pituitary gland tumor, pituitary gland surgery, or any other problems that happen because of your pituitary gland then contact your healthcare professionals and he/she will not suggest you take tesamorelin injection.
- You should have injected this medication under the skin of your stomach area below the navel.
- Never inject this medication into any irritated, infected, scarred, reddened, bruised areas of skin or into the navel, it would be harmful.
- For each injection, always choose the different-different area to help prevent bruising and irritation.
What can I know about the storage and disposal of this medication?
Store this medication at room temperature and keep them away from light or excessive heat and moisture. And put them away from the reach of the pets and children, we suggest you put that medicine in a tightly closed container in which they came.
When you mixed the medication use them right away. But in case if you didn’t use it, don’t try to store the mix injection and if you have any used tesamorelin injection then dispose of them right away. That would be very harmful to you.
Always remember to dispose of any remaining tesamorelin injection, the extra liquid used to mix the injection. You have to dispose of the used needles and syringes in a specials type container that is puncture-resistant made of hard plastic or metal that has a lid. After that ask your healthcare professionals how to dispose of the puncture-resistant container?
You should have disposed of all the medication that is unneeded in a special way to ensure that children, pets, and other people can’t consume them. You can not flush them or pour them into the drain. You can return them to the pharmacist or the best way is that you can take back the program for returning your medicines.
What do I do if I forget a dose?
If you forgot to take this medication and if it is near the time of your next dose then we suggest you please skip that dose and take it at the next dose at the regular time. Don’t take the dose at irregular times. It makes your dose double.
What other information should I know?
With another person, never share needles and reuse syringes or needles. And in case if you have changed the needles then don’t share the syringes with another person. That kind of sharing would be very harmful to you such as HIV. Always contact your healthcare professional right away if you have used another person used needles or syringes accidentally.
If you are taking any prescription and non-prescription medication or drugs, while you are using this medication, it is very important to tell your healthcare professionals about this. To make it easy and unforgettable, you can create a list of all prescription and non-prescription medications or drugs and any other drug or medicine you are taking. You can show that list to your healthcare professionals or pharmacists at the time of visit or meeting them. It would help you in case of emergencies. It would help you in case of emergencies.
At the time of meeting your healthcare professionals, don’t forget to carry the laboratory report. And the most important thing is to never miss your doctor and laboratory appointments because your healthcare professionals will check the response of this medicine then he/she will tell you the update or other pieces of information. So, keep all your appointments with your doctor, pharmacist, and the laboratory. And before having any laboratory test, if you are already taking this product then tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel. Talk to your healthcare professionals if you feel your health condition is getting worse or your dose may need to be adjusted.
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