Generic Name(s): pegvisomant
Drug Class: Growth hormone receptor antagonist
Somavert is a prescription medicine used to treat a certain condition called acromegaly. It is a condition/growth disorder that occurs when body produces too much growth hormone and other natural substances such as insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) which increase the risk of serious problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Administering Somavert will help the patient's body to normalize the IGF-I level in the blood.
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Somavert is used to treat acromegaly when the disease cannot be controlled by surgery or radiation, or when these options are not appropriate. Somavert is a man-made protein, similar to human growth hormone, that works by blocking the effects of growth hormone and by reducing the amount of IGF-I to normal levels.
Somavert is administered through an injection under the skin into the upper arm, upper thigh, stomach, or buttock usually once daily. The doctor should give directions go the patient on all preparation and usage if they are to inject this medication by themselves. The patient should not use more than 30 milligrams of daily injection unless directed by the doctor. The doctor will determine the dosage based on the medical condition and response to treatment.
- Adult: initial (loading) dose of 40 mg given subcutaneously under the doctor supervision.
- Thereafter, a recommended dosage: 10 to 30 mg given subcutaneously once daily.
Somavert Side Effects
You should not use Somavert if you are allergic to it. The blood sugars may reduce when on Somavert medication. Prior to medication, the patient should tell the doctor if they have a tumor that secretes growth hormone or other conditions like diabetes, liver disease, or latex allergy. A lump may appear under the skin where the injection is administered in the same spot, the patient should change the injection site daily. This list does not contain all side effects that are caused by the use of Somavert:
- Upper stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Rapid weight gain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
The use of other drugs may affect how Somavert medication works or increases the risk for serious side effects. Alert your doctor about any other drug you are using, especially insulin, oral diabetes medication, or narcotic medication. You should not start or stop the use of Somavert without the direction from the doctor. This list does not contain all drug that interact with Somavert: