What is Pegvisomant
Pegvisomant is a medication used to treat acromegaly, a rare disorder caused by too much growth hormone. Pegvisomant works by blocking the effects of growth hormone.
Benefits of Pegvisomant
and Its Uses.
Pegvisomant is a man-made (synthetic) hormone drug used to treat acromegaly, a rare disorder caused by too much growth hormone (GH) in the body. Pegvisomant works by blocking the effects of GH on the body.
GH is a hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. It is responsible for growth during childhood and adolescence. In adults, GH is important for the proper functioning of the body, including the regulation of blood sugar and the metabolism of fat and protein.
Too much GH in the body can cause the bones to grow too large, the hands and feet to become enlarged, and the facial features to become distorted. Acromegaly can also cause diabetes, heart problems, and other health problems.
Pegvisomant is used to treat adults with acromegaly who have not been able to control their condition with surgery or radiation therapy.
Side Effects and Dosage of Pegvisomant
Pegvisomant is a growth hormone receptor antagonist that works by decreasing the activity of growth hormone. It is used to treat acromegaly, a condition caused by too much growth hormone in the body. Pegvisomant may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Pegvisomant comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day. Take pegvisomant at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Do not crush, chew, or break a pegvisomant tablet. Swallow it whole.
You may need to take pegvisomant for many years.
Pegvisomant may cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are taking pegvisomant.
Pegvisomant can cause serious side effects, including:
• diabetes mellitus. Peg