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Tirzepatide Auto-Injector (TIRZEPATIDE (DIABETES) - INJECTION)

This medicine is used for the following purposes:

  • diabetes Type 2
  • weight loss

Brand Name(s): Mounjaro

Generic Name: Tirzepatide

Instructions

Instructions

This medicine is injected into the skin. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist where on your body this medicine can be injected and how to inject it.

Carefully follow the instructions for preparing this medicine before injection.

Always inspect the medicine before using.

The liquid should be clear or light yellow.

Do not use the medicine if it contains any particles or if it has changed color.

Store new medicine in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Do not allow them to freeze.

Keep the medicine in its original container.

If needed, this medicine may be stored at room temperature for 21 days or fewer.

Protect medicine from light.

Never use any medicine that has expired.

Discard any remaining medicine after your dose is given.

Please ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist how to discard unused medicines safely.

You should hear 2 clicks when you inject the medicine. This is normal.

Change the location of the injection each time. Choose a location at least 1 inch from the last injection.

Do not rub or massage the area where the injection was given.

If you forget to use a dose on time, use it as soon as you remember. If it has been more than 4 days, skip the missed dose and use your next dose as scheduled. Do not use 2 doses of this medicine at one time.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

Tell your doctor if symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.

This medicine may cause low blood sugar. Eat regular meals and exercise as instructed by your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have symptoms of low blood sugar such as nausea, sweating, cold skin, fast heartbeat, hunger, and irritability.

This medicine can make birth control pills work less well. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how long you should use an extra form of birth control, such as condoms.

Keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Do not use more than 1 dose each week.

Cautions

Cautions

During pregnancy, this medicine should be used only when clearly needed. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

This medicine may increase the risk of cancer. Ask your doctor about the benefits and risks.

Monitor your blood sugar as instructed by your doctor.

Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Please check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while on this medicine.

It is unknown if this medicine passes into breast milk. Ask your doctor before breastfeeding.

Always carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet showing that you are diabetic.

Carry glucose tablets or hard candy with you in case you experience low blood sugar from this medicine.

Ask your pharmacist how to properly throw away used needles or syringes.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Some patients have serious side effects from this medicine. Ask your pharmacist to show you the information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and discuss it with you.

Side Effects

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • decreased appetite
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • lack of energy and tiredness
  • pain, redness, swelling near injection
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach upset or abdominal pain

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • unusual or long-lasting hoarseness
  • signs of kidney damage (such as change in urine color or bubbly urine)
  • unusual growth or lump on the neck
  • severe stomach pain that spreads to the back
  • difficulty swallowing
  • blurring or changes of vision
  • severe or persistent vomiting

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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