Egrifta

Generic Name: Tesamorelin

  • What is Egrifta?

    Egrifta is an injectable medicine used for the reduction of excess stomach fat in HIV-infected (AIDS) patients.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Egrifta?

    Egrifta can cause serious allergic reactions. Stop using Egrifta and get emergency help immediately if you have a rash over your body, hives, swelling of your face or throat, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, fast heartbeat, feeling of faintness, or fainting.

    Egrifta can cause swelling (fluid retention). Call your doctor if you have an increase in joint pain, or pain or numbness in your hands or wrists (carpal tunnel syndrome).

    Egrifta can cause an increase in your blood sugar and diabetes. Your doctor will measure your blood sugar regularly.

    Egrifta can also cause injection-site reactions. Call your doctor for medical advice if you have the following symptoms around the area where you inject Egrifta: redness, itching, pain, irritation, bleeding, rash, and swelling.

  • Who should not take Egrifta?

    Do not take Egrifta if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Egrifta if you have a pituitary gland tumor, pituitary gland surgery or other problems with your pituitary gland, have or had a history of active cancer, are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Egrifta?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Egrifta. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have or had cancer, have diabetes, are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, or have kidney or liver problems.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults: The recommended dose is 2 milligrams (mg) injected subcutaneously (just below the skin) once a day.

  • How should I take Egrifta?

    Please review the detailed instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Egrifta. Use Egrifta exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    Inject Egrifta subcutaneously on your stomach area (abdomen). Change the injection site on your abdomen with each dose.

    After mixing, use Egrifta right away and throw away any unused medicine. Do not store mixed Egrifta. Also, throw away the used bottle of Sterile Water for Injection.

  • What should I avoid while taking Egrifta?

    Do not inject Egrifta into scar tissue, bruises, or your belly button.

    Do not share needles or syringes with other people. Sharing of needles can result in the transmission of infectious diseases, such as HIV (AIDS).

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Egrifta?

    If Egrifta is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining Egrifta with any other medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Egrifta?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: itching, joint pain, muscle soreness, nausea, numbness, pain in your legs and arms, pricking, rash, swelling in your legs, tingling, vomiting

  • Can I receive Egrifta if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not use Egrifta during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Egrifta can cause harm to your unborn baby. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Egrifta?

    If you miss a dose of Egrifta, inject it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not inject two doses at once.

  • How should I store Egrifta?

    Store the medication box of Egrifta vials in the refrigerator. Store the box of Sterile Water for Injection, syringes, and needles at room temperature.