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  • Generic Name: (albiglutide)
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  • Last Revised: 09/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Tanzeum is a medicine used along with diet and exercise to help control high blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. Tanzeum is administered subcutaneously (injected just below the skin).

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Tanzeum helps your body release more insulin, and can slow down your digestion to help keep blood sugar from getting too high.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Lowering your blood sugar to a normal level may prevent or delay potential complications associated with diabetes, such as blindness, kidney failure, or heart problems.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Tanzeum exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      Check your blood sugar regularly and as per your healthcare provider's recommendations. Your healthcare provider will also do regular blood tests to measure your blood sugar levels and your hemoglobin A1C (which estimates your average blood sugar levels over a 2- to 3-month period). Stay on your prescribed diet and exercise program, as this will also affect the results of your blood tests.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      In studies with rats and mice, medicines that work like Tanzeum caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if Tanzeum will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma in people. Tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath as these may be symptoms of thyroid cancer.

      Do not use Tanzeum if you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2.

      More common side effects may include: upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, nausea, reactions at your injection site, cough, back pain, cold or flu symptoms.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), with symptoms such as severe pain in your abdomen (stomach area) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel pain from your abdomen to your back.

      Low blood sugar, with signs and symptoms such as dizziness or lightheadedness, sweating, confusion, drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, shakiness, fast heartbeat, anxiety, irritability, mood changes, hunger, feeling jittery, or weakness. Your risk for getting low blood sugar may be higher if you use Tanzeum with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar.

      Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as itching, rash, or difficulty breathing.

      Tanzeum may also cause kidney problems. In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause dehydration (a loss of fluids) which may cause kidney problems to get worse.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Tanzeum if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not use Tanzeum if you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tanzeum. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have or have had kidney, liver, or pancreas problems; have severe problems with your stomach (such as slowed emptying of your stomach or problems digesting food); or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults: The recommended dose is 30 milligrams injected once a week. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed until the desired effect is achieved.

      If you are also using insulin or taking another diabetes medicine called a sulfonylurea (such as glimepiride, glipizide, or glyburide), your healthcare provider may adjust the dose of these medicines to reduce your risk of low blood sugar.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use Tanzeum exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Your healthcare provider should show you how to use Tanzeum before you use it for the first time.

      Inject Tanzeum under the skin of your abdomen, thigh, or upper arm.

      Use Tanzeum 1 time each week on the same day each week at any time of the day. You may change the day of the week as long as your last dose was given 4 or more days before.

      Inject Tanzeum within 8 hours after mixing it. Once the needle is attached, Tanzeum should be injected right away.

      Change your injection site with each weekly injection. Do not use the same site for each injection.

      While you are using Tanzeum, stay on your diet and exercise program, and check your blood sugar regularly as directed by your healthcare provider.

      Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Tanzeum.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not inject Tanzeum into a vein or muscle.

      Do not mix insulin and Tanzeum together in the same injection.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      No significant interactions have been reported with Tanzeum at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Tanzeum during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using Tanzeum. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Tanzeum, inject it within 3 days after your usual scheduled day. If more than 3 days have gone by since your missed dose, wait until your next regularly scheduled weekly dose. Do not inject 2 doses of Tanzeum within 3 days of each other.

    • How should I store this medication?

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      Do not freeze pens. If the liquid in the pen is frozen, throw away the pen and use another pen.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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