Galcanezumab - subcutaneous injection
Galcanezumab - subcutaneous injection
This medication is used to help prevent migraine. It is also used to treat a certain type of headache (episodic cluster headache). Galcanezumab belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. This medication may work by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Using this medication can help improve your ability to concentrate and do your usual tasks.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using galcanezumab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Before use, take this medication out of the refrigerator. Remove the syringe/autoinjector from the package and let it warm up to room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Do not heat this medication any other way, such as by heating in the microwave or placing in hot water. Do not leave in direct sunlight. Do not shake this medication. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.
Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin. Do not inject into areas of skin that are tender, bruised, red, or hard. Avoid injecting into skin areas with scars or stretch marks.
Inject this medication under the skin of the thigh, abdomen, buttocks, or upper arm as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
For prevention of migraine, usually the first dose is 2 injections, one right after each other. After that, the usual dose is 1 injection once each month. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
For treatment of episodic cluster headache, the usual dose is 3 injections, one right after each other, at the start of the cluster period. While the cluster period lasts, use this medication monthly. Each monthly dose is usually 3 injections.
To help you remember, mark the days on the calendar when you need to receive the medication.
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Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse.
Redness, pain, itching, or swelling at the injection site may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before using galcanezumab, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Do not share this medication with others.
If you miss a scheduled monthly dose, use it as soon as you remember. Do not double the dose to catch up. Then use your next dose one month later. Continue to use each dose one month apart. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about your schedule.
Store in the original package in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. After removing from the refrigerator, this medication can be stored at room temperature for up to 7 days. Do not put the medication back in the refrigerator after it has reached room temperature. Do not leave the syringe/autoinjector in direct sunlight. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
Information last revised July 2022.
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Selected from NATIONAL DRUG DATA FILE (NDDF) data included with permission and copyrighted by First Databank, Inc., 2019. This copyrighted material has been downloaded from a licensed data provider.
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your health care professional. You should consult your health care professional before taking any drug, changing your diet, or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.