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Generic Name: Thyrotropin Alfa (THYE-roe-TROE-pin AL-fa)Brand Name: Thyrogen

Thyrogen is used for:

Performing certain tests in patients who have or have had thyroid cancer. It is also used along with a radioactive agent to destroy remaining thyroid tissue in certain patients who have had their thyroid gland removed because of thyroid cancer.

Thyrogen is a recombinant human thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). It works by binding to TSH receptors on normal thyroid cells or on thyroid cancer tissue. This helps to determine if there are any thyroid cells or thyroid cancer cells remaining.

Do NOT use Thyrogen if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Thyrogen
  • you have had a heart attack or have high blood pressure, severely overactive thyroid, or certain adrenal gland problems

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Thyrogen :

Some medical conditions may interact with Thyrogen . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of heart disease, an overactive thyroid, or certain pituitary gland problems, or if you are infertile
  • if you have recently had or will be having surgery

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Thyrogen . However, no specific interactions with Thyrogen are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Thyrogen may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Thyrogen :

Use Thyrogen as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Thyrogen is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Thyrogen at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Thyrogen . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Thyrogen is for injection into the muscle only, preferably the buttocks. It is not to be injected into the vein.
  • Do not use Thyrogen if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Thyrogen , contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Thyrogen .

Important safety information:

  • Other medicine may be given prior to treatment with Thyrogen .
  • Thyrogen should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 16 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Thyrogen while you are pregnant. It is not known if Thyrogen is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Thyrogen , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Thyrogen :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Headache; nausea; vomiting; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fast heartbeat; irritability; nervousness; sweating.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include chest pain; dizziness; headache; hot flashes; irregular heartbeat; nausea; nervousness; shortness of breath; sweating; weakness.

Proper storage of Thyrogen :

Store between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Mixed solution may be stored between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C) for up to 24 hours. Throw away any unused portion. Protect from light. Do not use after the expiration date. Keep Thyrogen , as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Thyrogen , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Thyrogen is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Thyrogen . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Thyrogen Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Thyrogen Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information