How should I use pramlintide?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. When you first start using pramlintide, your insulin dose will change. Do not use your medicines in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Pramlintide is injected under the skin, at the same time as your insulin injection but in a separate injection. Do not self-inject your medicines if you do not fully understand how to give the injections and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
Do not mix pramlintide and insulin together in the same syringe.
This medicine comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Pramlintide is usually given just before each major meal. If you skip a meal, you should also skip your pramlintide dose.
Use a different place on your stomach or thigh each time you give the injection. Inject your insulin in a separate skin area. Do not inject insulin or pramlintide into the same place two times in a row.
Do not use pramlintide if it has changed colors or looks cloudy. Call your pharmacist for new medication.
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can happen to everyone who has diabetes. Symptoms include headache, hunger, sweating, confusion, irritability, dizziness, or feeling shaky. Always keep a source of sugar with you in case you have low blood sugar. Sugar sources include fruit juice, hard candy, crackers, raisins, and non-diet soda. Be sure your family and close friends know how to help you in an emergency.
Take care not to let your blood sugar get too low. Severely low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may occur within 3 hours after your pramlintide injection. If you have severe hypoglycemia and cannot eat or drink, use a glucagon injection. Your doctor can prescribe a glucagon emergency injection kit and tell you how to use it.
Also watch for signs of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) such as increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, and weight loss.
Check your blood sugar carefully during times of stress, travel, illness, surgery or medical emergency, vigorous exercise, or if you drink alcohol or skip meals. These things can affect your glucose levels and your dose needs may also change. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice.
Use a disposable needle and syringe only once. Follow any state or local laws about throwing away used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Never share an injection pen with another person. Sharing injection pens can allow disease such as hepatitis or HIV to pass from one person to another.
Call your doctor if you have severe nausea that lasts for several days. This may be a sign that your dose is too high.
Pramlintide is only part of a treatment program that also includes diet, exercise, weight control, regular blood sugar testing, and special medical care. Keep a regular schedule when using your injections and testing your blood sugar. It is also important to plan your meals and physical activity. You may not be able to keep using pramlintide if you do not follow the dosing instructions.
If you stop using pramlintide for a short time, you may need to restart the medicine at a lower dose. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Storing unopened injection pens: Keep in the carton and store in a refrigerator, protected from light. Throw away any pramlintide not used before the expiration date on the medicine label. Do not freeze pramlintide, and throw away the medication if it has become frozen.
Take an injection pen out of the refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature before injecting your dose. Do not remove pramlintide from an injector pen and put the medicine in a syringe. You may receive too high a dose.
Storing after your first use: You may keep "in-use" injection pens in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Use within 30 days.