Pegvisomant - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Pegvisomant

Generic Name : Pegvisomant
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Pegvisomant are provided here.

Pronunciation : peg-VI-soe-mant

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Pegvisomant, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

Therapeutic Classification : Growth hormone receptor antagonist

Trade Names/Brand Names of Pegvisomant

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Why is Pegvisomant Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a growth hormone receptor antagonist, prescribed for acromegaly in people who have not responded to other therapies.  It works by blocking the effects of growth hormone.

When should Pegvisomant not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Pegvisomant?

Adult- SC- The recommended loading dosage is 40mg. Maintenance: 30mg.

How should Pegvisomant be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider under the skin.

What are the warnings and precautions for Pegvisomant?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of sugar, tumor, liver problems, alcoholism, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• It may affect blood sugar level; monitor sugar level regularly.

• Monitor growth hormone blood levels, insulin-like growth factor ( a gene plays an important role in childhood growth) blood levels, and liver function regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Pegvisomant?

Body as a whole - Infection, pain, accidental injury, back pain, flu syndrome and chest pain.
Gastrointestinal - Abnormal liver function, diarrhea and nausea.
Central Nervous System - Dizziness and tingling.
Metabolic - Swelling in the extremities.
Heart - High blood pressure.
Respiratory - Sinus inflammation.

What are the other precautions for Pegvisomant?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Pegvisomant?

Store it in refrigerator (2 to 8°C). Do not freeze it.