Gattex

Drug List

Gattex

Drug Name

Gattex (Teduglutide)

Manufactured By

NPS Pharmaceuticals

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

GATTEX is a prescription medicine used in adults with Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) who need additional nutrition or fluids from intravenous (IV) feeding (parenteral support).

How To Use

Prepare the injection. • Choose a well-lit, clean, flat work surface. • Wash your hands with soap and water : Preparing the Diluent syringe. • Put the Diluent syringe and 22G 1½ inch needle in front of you on your work surface • Hold the Diluent syringe by the barrel. a. If you have the Diluent syringe with the white snap-off cap: Snap or twist off the white cap (bend the cap sideways until the cap comes off). Only the top portion of the white cap should be snapped off. The lower portion of the cap will remain in place : Check the mixed GATTEX. • After 2 minutes, look at the vial of GATTEX. The liquid in the vial should be clear and colorless to pale yellow, and should not have any particles in it. • If there is any powder in the vial that did not dissolve, gently roll the vial between your hands for 15 seconds more. • Do not shake the vial. • Check the vial again for anything that did not dissolve. • Do not use the vial if there is anything in it that did not dissolve. Start from the beginning of this Instructions for Use to prepare a new vial. Use a new GATTEX vial, new Diluent syringe, and a new needle. : Draw up your dose of GATTEX. • Remove the plastic dosing syringe from the package. Use the fold in the package to peel back the plastic cover • Remove the needle cap from the dosing syringe • Throw the needle cap away. Do not touch the needle or allow it to touch anything • Carefully pull back on the plunger to the line that matches the dose prescribed by your healthcare provider. • Use one hand to hold the vial steady. Use your other hand to insert the needle straight down into the middle of the gray rubber seal on the GATTEX vial (See Figure M).You may feel some resistance as the needle passes through the rubber seal. • Gently push down the plunger until all of the air has gone from the syringe into the vial. • Turn the GATTEX vial and syringe upside down • Hold the GATTEX vial with one hand. • Slowly pull back the plunger of the dosing syringe with your other hand. • Fill the syringe until the black tip of the plunger lines up with the mark that matches your prescribed dose • Keep the syringe and needle in the vial. • You may see some bubbles inside the vial when the syringe is filled. This is normal. With the needle still in the vial, gently tap the side of the syringe with a finger to make any air bubbles rise to the top • Slowly push the plunger up until all air bubbles are out of the syringe. Make sure the tip of the needle is in the fluid. Slowly pull back the plunger to draw up the right dose of GATTEX into the syringe. • Remove the dosing syringe and needle from the vial • Choose an injection site on your stomach area (abdomen), thighs, or upper arms. Choose a different site to give the injection each day. Do not inject into areas where the skin is tender, bruised, red, or hard Clean the skin where you plan to give the injection with a new alcohol swab pad. Do not touch this area again before giving the injection. • Use one hand to gently pinch up a fold of skin around the injection site • Use your other hand to hold the syringe. Insert the full length of the needle into the skin at a 45-degree angle with a quick, “dart-like” motion • Let go of the skin. Hold the syringe barrel with one hand while you slowly push down the plunger until the syringe is empty

Side Effects

GATTEX may cause serious side effects, including:GATTEX can make abnormal cells that are already in your body grow faster. There is an increased risk that abnormal cells could become cancer. If you get cancer of the bowel (intestines), liver, gallbladder or pancreas while using GATTEX, your healthcare provider should stop GATTEX. If you get other types of cancers, you and your healthcare provider should discuss the risks and benefits of using GATTEX. Polyps are growths on the inside of the colon. Polyps were found in patients taking GATTEX in clinical studies. Your healthcare provider will have your colon checked for polyps within 6 months before starting GATTEX and have any polyps removed. To keep using GATTEX, your healthcare provider should have your colon checked for new polyps at the end of 1 year of using GATTEX. If no polyp is found, your healthcare provider should check you for polyps as needed and at least every 5 years and have any new polyps removed. If cancer is found in a polyp, your healthcare provider should stop GATTEX. A bowel blockage keeps food, fluids, and gas from moving through the bowels in the normal way. Bowel blockage was reported in patients taking GATTEX in clinical studies. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms of a bowel blockage: Swelling or blockage of the gallbladder or pancreas were reported in patients taking GATTEX in clinical studies. Your healthcare provider will do tests to check your gallbladder and pancreas within 6 months before starting GATTEX and at least every 6 months while you are using GATTEX. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get stomach area (abdomen) pain and tenderness, chills, fever, change in your stools, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, or yellowing of your skin or the whites of eyes. Fluid overload and heart failure were reported in patients taking GATTEX in clinical studies. Too much fluid in your body may lead to heart failure, especially if you have heart problems. Your healthcare provider will check you for too much fluid in your body. Tell your healthcare provider if you get swelling in your feet and ankles, you gain weight very quickly (water weight), or you have trouble breathing. The most common side effects of GATTEX include:stomach area (abdomen) pain or swelling; skin reaction where the injection was given; nausea; headache; cold or flulike symptoms; vomiting Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Drug Interactions

Tell your healthcare providers about all the medicines you take, including prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using GATTEX with certain other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. Your other healthcare providers may need to change the dose of any oral medicines you take while using GATTEX. Tell the healthcare provider who gives you GATTEX if you will be taking a new oral medicine.

In Case of Overdose

If you use more than 1 dose, call your healthcare provider right away.

In Case of Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember that day. Take your next dose the next day at the same time you take it every day. Do not take 2 doses on the same day.

Storage

Store GATTEX powder at room temperature up to 25°C