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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Pramlintide Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(PRAM lin tide)

U.S. Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Amylinomimetic; Antidiabetic Agent

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Severely low blood sugar may occur when taking this medicine with your insulin. You should not operate dangerous or heavy machinery until you know the effects of this medication on your blood sugar.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to pramlintide or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have slow stomach emptying.

• If you can not tell when your blood sugar is low.

How does it work?

• Pramlintide works like amylin, a hormone necessary for the body's use of food. Type 1 diabetics have no amylin of their own and require complete replacement. Type 2 diabetics still make amylin, but may need more.

How is it best taken?

• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

• Inject this medication at a different site from where you inject your insulin.

• Do not mix this medicine in the same syringe with the insulin.

• Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.

• This medicine is given as a shot right before a meal into the fatty part of the skin.

• You may need to decrease the dose of insulin you normally take, talk with healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Never try to make up a missed dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• If it is almost time for the next dose and you have already eaten, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• If you stop taking this medicine, talk to your healthcare provider. You may need to be restarted at a lower dose and increased slowly.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood sugar as directed by healthcare provider.

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Have a yearly eye exam and visit to the foot doctor.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store unopened vials and pens in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

• Store opened vials and pens at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Throw away any unused portion after 1 month.

• Protect opened vials and pens from heat.

• Protect vials and pens from light.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 17:11:38.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:22:10.0

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