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Parathyroid Hormone Cartridge (PARATHYROID HORMONE - SUBCUTANEOUS INJECTION)

Instructions

This medicine will be given to you at home.

This medicine is used by injecting it into the skin. Please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for the correct places on your body where this medicine can be injected.

Read and make sure you understand the instructions for measuring dose and using syringe. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

The liquid should be clear and colorless.

Check the medicine before each use. If the liquid medicine has any particles in it, appears discolored, or if the vial appears damaged, do not use it.

Do not shake the medicine before using.

Keep medicine in refrigerator. Do not freeze. If frozen, throw away.

Do not store in the bathroom.

Protect medicine from light.

Never use any medicine that has expired.

Discard unused, mixed medicine after 14 days in the refrigerator.

Wash your hands before and after handling this medicine.

You or a family member can be trained to give this medicine at home.

Do not inject into skin that is red, swollen or itchy.

Change the location of the injection each time. Choose a location at least 1 inch from the last injection.

It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember if it is on the same day. If you don’t remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule with the next dose. Do not take 2 doses at one time.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

Talk to your doctor before taking other medicines, including aspirins and ibuprofen containing products. Speak to your doctor about which medicines are safe to use while you are on this medicine.

You may need vitamin and mineral supplements while on this medicine. Please speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Do not take the medicine more than once during 24 hours.

Brand Name(s): Natpara

Generic Name: Parathyroid Hormone

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

This medicine is associated with a rare but very serious medical condition. Please speak with your doctor about symptoms you should look out for while on this medicine. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop those symptoms.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Call the doctor if there are any signs of confusion or unusual changes in behavior.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Ask your pharmacist how to properly throw away used needles or syringes.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Some patients have serious side effects from this medicine. Ask your pharmacist to show you the information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and discuss it with you.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • diarrhea
  • pain, redness, swelling near injection
  • nausea and vomiting
  • skin tingling, burning or prickly feeling

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • severe abdominal or pelvic pain
  • severe or persistent bone, joint or jaw pain
  • difficulty concentrating
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • depression or feeling sad
  • fainting
  • memory problems or loss
  • uncontrollable movement of face, tongue, arms or legs
  • muscle cramps or weakness
  • persistent or unusual thirst
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • increased urinary frequency

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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