Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Egrifta
Generic Name: tesamorelin (Pronunciation: TES a moe REL in)
What is tesamorelin (Egrifta)?
Tesamorelin is made with growth hormone-releasing factor (GRF).
Tesamorelin is used to reduce excess fat around the stomach that is caused by taking certain HIV medications. This condition is also called lipodystrophy (LYE-poe-DIS-troe-fee).
Tesamorelin is not a weight-loss medication and should not be used to treat obesity.
What are the possible side effects of tesamorelin (Egrifta)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using tesamorelin and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about tesamorelin (Egrifta)?
Tesamorelin can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant.
You should not use tesamorelin if you are allergic to it, or if you have a history of tumor or surgery of your pituitary gland, a history of head injury or radiation treatment,
Before using tesamorelin, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, migraines, an adrenal gland disorder, or if you have ever had cancer, any type of tumor, or open heart surgery.
Also tell your doctor about any major illness or recent trauma or medical emergency.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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