pramlintide (generic name)

It is used to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults
(PRAM lin tide)
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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular checks on your progress. Learn how to check your blood glucose and urine ketone levels. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between low and high blood sugar (see side effects). Use a blood sugar measuring device, whenever possible, before you treat high or low blood sugar.

When first starting to use this medicine, you should check your blood sugar more often, especially before and after meals. This will help lower the chance of having very low blood sugars. Discuss with your health care professional or doctor the results of your blood sugar monitoring at least once a week until your blood sugars, dose of this medicine, and dose of insulin are stable.

Always carry a quick-source of sugar with you in case you have symptoms of low blood sugar. Examples include hard sugar candy or glucose tablets.

Try not to change the brand and type of syringe unless your health care professional or doctor tells you to. Use a syringe one time only.

Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.

Many nonprescription cough and cold products contain sugar or alcohol. These can affect diabetes control or can alter the results of tests used to monitor blood sugar. Avoid alcohol. Avoid products that contain alcohol or sugar.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • dizziness
  • symptoms of low or high blood sugar (ask your doctor for a list of these symptoms)
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • headache
  • increase or decrease in fatty tissue under the skin, through overuse of a particular injection site
  • irritation at site where injected
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • tired

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store unopened vials in the refrigerator between 2 to 8 degrees C (36 to 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Store opened vials (vials currently in use) in the refrigerator or at room temperature at or below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Keeping this medicine at room temperature decreases the amount of pain during injection. Throw away any opened vials of this medicine 28 days after opening.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last Updated: July 24, 2009
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