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- PARATHYROID HORMONE 100mcg
How do I take/use this medicine?
Parathyroid hormone is to be injected subcutaneously into the fatty layer under the skin, usually in the abdomen area.
Parathyroid hormone comes in a cartridge which has to be inserted into an injection pen before use. Your doctor or pharmacist will teach you how to prepare and use the injection pen.
Remember to rotate the injection sites. Do not inject into the same area all the time. New injection sites should be at least 1.5 inches away from the previous injection site. Do not inject within a 1 inch radius of the navel (belly button).
After each injection, throw away the used needle. Needles must not be re-used.
Use a brand new injection needle for each injection.
DO NOT SHAKE the cartridge or the injection pen. Shaking may make the medicine ineffective.
Store the injection pen in the refrigerator immediately after every injection. Leave the cartridge inside the pen. Do not take the cartridge out of the pen until the cartridge is empty.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have any of these conditions or any other illnesses:
- kidney disease or kidney stones
- liver disease
- overactive parathyroid gland
- Paget's disease or other bone diseases
- previously had radiotherapy treatment
- abnormal phosphate levels in the blood
While being treated with Parathyroid hormone, you will need to have regular blood and urine tests to check the level of calcium in your body. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
Ensure that you take enough calcium and vitamin D while being treated with Parathyroid hormone. Your doctor will advise you about how much of these supplements to take.
You should also include the following lifestyle changes to further reduce the risk of osteoporosis:
- regular exercise
- reduce intake of alcohol
- stop smoking
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not inject Parathyroid hormone if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or suffer from high levels of calcium in the blood.
Parathyroid hormone should not be used by children or anyone younger than 18 years old.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Parathyroid hormone is used to strengthen thin and weak bones in people who have or are at risk of osteoporosis. It helps to stop the loss of bone and also helps to increase bone mass. This helps to reduce the risk of getting a fracture.
What side effects could I experience?
Common side effects of Parathyroid hormone include redness, pain, irritation or swelling at the injection site, nausea, muscle cramp, back pain, muscle weakness, headache, irregular heartbeat, palpitations, vomiting, constipation, heartburn, diarrhoea and tiredness.
Parathyroid hormone may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Alert your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or refuse to go away.
How should I store this medicine?
Cartridges that have not been opened and are not in use can be stored at room temperature below 25 Â°C. Do not freeze.
Cartridges that have been loaded (inserted) into the injection pen must be kept in the refrigerator between 2 to 8Â°C. Do not freeze.
If you notice that the solution in the cartridge has become frozen, alert your doctor. Frozen solutions of Parathyroid hormone may be less effective and should not be used.
Cartridges that have been loaded into the pen must be thrown away after 28 days in the refrigerator, even if there is still medication inside the cartridge.
If you are unable to store the loaded injection pen in a refrigerator, it can be kept at room temperature (below 25 Â°C) but must be thrown away after 7 days.
If you notice that the solution in the cartridge has changed colour or has become cloudy, do not use it. Throw it away and open a new cartridge.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking Digoxin (a heart medicine).
Always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.