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Thyrotropin Alfa
Thyrotropin Alfa
Thyrotropin Alfa


Thyrotropin Alfa

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

Thyrotropin Alfa 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.

Thyrotropin Alfa 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 Thyrotropin Alfa if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Thyrotropin Alfa
  • 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 Thyrotropin Alfa :

Some medical conditions may interact with Thyrotropin Alfa . 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 Thyrotropin Alfa . However, no specific interactions with Thyrotropin Alfa are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Thyrotropin Alfa 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 Thyrotropin Alfa :

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

  • Thyrotropin Alfa is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Thyrotropin Alfa at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Thyrotropin Alfa . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Thyrotropin Alfa is for injection into the muscle only, preferably the buttocks. It is not to be injected into the vein.
  • Do not use Thyrotropin Alfa 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 Thyrotropin Alfa , contact your doctor right away.

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

Important safety information:

  • Other medicine may be given prior to treatment with Thyrotropin Alfa .
  • Thyrotropin Alfa 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 Thyrotropin Alfa while you are pregnant. It is not known if Thyrotropin Alfa is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Thyrotropin Alfa , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Thyrotropin Alfa :

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 Thyrotropin Alfa :

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 Thyrotropin Alfa , as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Thyrotropin Alfa , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Thyrotropin Alfa 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 Thyrotropin Alfa . 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.