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Galcanezumab-gnlm - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Oct 03, 2018
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General Information on Galcanezumab-gnlm

Generic Name : Galcanezumab-gnlm
Pronunciation : GAL-ka-NEZ-ue-mab gnlm
Latest prescription information about Galcanezumab-gnlm. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Monoclonal antibodies

Trade Names/Brand Names of Galcanezumab-gnlm


Why is Galcanezumab-gnlm Prescribed? (Indications)

Galcanezumab-gnlm is prescribed for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults.

Galcanezumab-gnlm is a humanized monoclonal antibody that acts by blocking a certain chemical called calcitonin gene-related peptide to decrease the migraine attacks and the frequency of the headache


When should Galcanezumab-gnlm not be taken? (Contraindications)

Galcanezumab-gnlm should not be used in patients-

If there is an allergy to galcanezumab-gnlm
Children below 18 years of age

Extreme caution is required when galcanezumab-gnlm is given to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to prevent harm to the babies.

What is the dosage of Galcanezumab-gnlm?

The recommended initial dose is 240 mg given as two injections of 120 mg of galcanezumab-gnlm as a loading dose.

The loading dose is followed by 120 mg of galcanezumab-gnlm given once a month.

How should Galcanezumab-gnlm be taken?

Galcanezumab-gnlm comes as a single dose prefilled pen or syringe which should be given as a subcutaneous injection or just under the skin.

The injection can be given in the upper arm, thigh, abdomen, and buttocks avoiding areas where the skin is tender, red, bruised, or damaged.

The prefilled syringe of galcanezumab-gnlm should be allowed to come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before giving the injection.

Missed a Dose?

If a dose of galcanezumab-gnlm is missed, take the missed dose as soon as possible.

Then take the following dose one month after taking the last dose of galcanezumab-gnlm.

What are the warnings and precautions for Galcanezumab-gnlm?

Patients must be advised to consult the doctor immediately if any symptoms and signs of allergic reactions occur. The patient must be treated under medical supervision in a critical care hospital.

Never place the galcanezumab-gnlm prefilled syringes in hot water or in a microwave oven with the intention of warming the prefilled syringe taken out of the refrigerator.

Inspect the prefilled syringe for the presence of visible particles or cloudy appearance before injecting and discard it if such things occur.

What are the side effects of Galcanezumab-gnlm?

The most common side effects of galcanezumab-gnlm are-

Breathing difficulty
Injection site reactions

Inform the doctor immediately if any severe side effects occur.

What are the other precautions for Galcanezumab-gnlm?

Do not recommend galcanezumab-gnlm to another person even in the presence of similar symptoms and signs of migraine. The use of galcanezumab-gnlm requires doctor's approval.

What are the Drug Interactions of Galcanezumab-gnlm?

The doctor should be informed if the patient is taking or has a plan to take any prescription, Over-the-Counter (OTC) drugs, or herbal supplements to avoid dangerous drug side effects.

What are the storage conditions for Galcanezumab-gnlm?

Store the galcanezumab-gnlm prefilled syringes or pen in a refrigerator at 2C to 8C.

The prefilled pen or syringes of galcanezumab-gnlm can be used for up to 7 days if it is stored at room temperature in its original carton.

Once kept out of refrigerator do not place it inside the refrigerator again.

Never shake or freeze the galcanezumab-gnlm prefilled syringe.

Last Updated : 10/3/2018

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