Brand Name(s): Tanzeum
Generic Name: Albiglutide
This medicine is used by injecting it into the skin. Please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for the correct places on your body where this medicine can be injected.
Read and make sure you understand the instructions for measuring dose and using syringe. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
The medicine needs to be mixed before being injected.
Do not dilute the medicine until ready to use.
Check the medicine before each use. If the liquid medicine has any particles in it, appears discolored, or if the vial appears damaged, do not use it.
Keep the medicine in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Remove from the refrigerator and let it warm up to room temperature before using. Keep the medicine at room temperature once opened. Do not put it back into the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Discard it if frozen.
Protect medicine from light.
Discard unused medicine after 30 days at room temperature.
Never use any medicine that has expired.
Please ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist how to discard unused medicines safely.
You or a family member can be trained to give this medicine at home.
Change the location of the injection each time. Choose a location at least 1 inch from the last injection.
Drink plenty of water while on this medicine.
It may take several weeks for this medicine to fully work.
It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.
If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is more than 3 days, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule.
Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.
This medicine may cause low blood sugar. Eat regular meals and exercise as instructed by your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have symptoms of low blood sugar such as nausea, sweating, cold skin, fast heartbeat, hunger, and irritability.
Keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.
Do not use more than 1 dose each week.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.
This medicine is associated with a rare but very serious medical condition. Please speak with your doctor about symptoms you should look out for while on this medicine. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop those symptoms.
Patients with very low blood sugar may become very confused, lose consciousness, or have seizures.
Monitor your blood sugar as instructed by your doctor.
Adjust the amount of insulin only as recommended by your doctor.
Do not use the medication any more than instructed.
Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.
Please check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while on this medicine.
Contact your doctor if you notice a change in the amount or darkening of your urine.
Call the doctor if there are any signs of confusion or unusual changes in behavior.
Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Always carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet showing that you are diabetic.
Carry glucose tablets or hard candy with you in case you experience low blood sugar from this medicine.
Ask your pharmacist how to properly throw away used needles or syringes.
Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.
Some patients have serious side effects from this medicine. Ask your pharmacist to show you the information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and discuss it with you.
The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.
- pain, redness, swelling near injection
- nausea and vomiting
Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:
- severe stomach pain that spreads to the back
- urinating less often
- dark urine
- severe or persistent vomiting
A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.
Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it. Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions. Always follow their advice.
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