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(al'' bi gloo' tide)Albiglutide injection will no longer be available in the United States after July 2018. If you are currently using albiglutide injection, you should call your doctor to discuss switching to another treatment. Albiglutide injection may increase the risk that you will develop tumors of the thyroid gland, including medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC; a type of thyroid cancer). Laboratory animals who were given medications similar to albiglutide developed tumors, but it is not known if these medications increase the risk of tumors in humans. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has or has ever had MTC or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2; condition that causes tumors in more than one gland in the body). If so, your doctor will probably tell you not to use albiglutide injection. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: a lump or swelling in the neck; hoarseness; difficulty swallowing; or shortness of breath. Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain tests to check your body's response to albiglutide injection. Talk to your doctor about the risks of using albiglutide injection.
Before using albiglutide injection,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to albiglutide, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in albiglutide injection. Ask your pharmacist or check the Medication Guide for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. It is especially important to tell your doctor about all the medications you take by mouth because albiglutide may change the way your body absorbs these medications. Also be sure to mention insulin or oral medications for diabetes especially sulfonylureas, including chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glimepiride (Amaryl, in Avandaryl, in Duetact), glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase, in Glucovance), tolazamide, and tolbutamide. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas); severe stomach problems, including gastroparesis (slowed movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine) or problems digesting food; or kidney or liver disease.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using albiglutide injection, call your doctor.
- ask your doctor what to do if you get sick, develop an infection or fever, or experience unusual stress. These conditions can affect your blood sugar and the amount of albiglutide you may need.
- redness, swelling, or itching at the site of the injection
- cough or flu-like symptoms
- ongoing pain that begins in the upper left or middle of the stomach but may spread to the back
- difficulty breathing