Metreleptin solution for injection
What is this medicine?
Metreleptin (met re LEP tin) is a human leptin analog. It is used to treat the symptoms of leptin deficiency in patients with congential or acquired generalized lipodystrophy. This medicine is not a cure.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection under the skin. You will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
signs and symptoms of low blood sugar such as feeling anxious; confusion; dizziness; increased hunger; unusually weak or tired; sweating; shakiness; cold; irritable; headache; blurred vision; fast heartbeat; loss of consciousness
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected
What may interact with this medicine?
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
certain medicines for diabetes, like insulin, glipizide, or glyburide
certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills, patches, rings, or injections
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
You will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
bone marrow problems
history of pancreatitis
high triglyceride levels
immune system problems
low blood counts, like low white cell counts
obesity not caused by a congenital leptin deficiency
signs of infection
swollen lymph nodes
an unusual or allergic reaction to metreleptin, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Talk to your doctor about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take the medicine.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine. Learn the symptoms of low and high blood sugar and how to manage them.
Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.
Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
July 17, 2018