Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. It is given through a needle given as a shot under your skin, usually in the stomach, thighs, or upper arm. You or your caregiver may be trained to prepare and inject this medicine at home. Be sure that you understand how to use the medicine.
If you use this medicine at home, you will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas. This will help prevent skin problems from the injections. Do not inject into skin areas that are tender, red, bruised, or hard.
This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet and patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
This medicine is available in two forms: a a prefilled syringe or an autoinjector.
Check the liquid in the prefilled syringe or autoinjector. It should be clear and colorless to slightly yellow. Do not use the medicine if the liquid is cloudy, discolored, or has particles in it. Do not shake.
Allow the medicine to warm to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before you use it. Do not warm it in any other way.
Do not remove the needle cap from the prefilled syringe or autoinjector until you are ready to use it.
You might not use all of the medicine in each prefilled syringe or autoinjector. Use each prefilled syringe and autoinjector only one time. Do not save an open syringe or autoinjector.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
For injection dosage form (solution):
For migraine headaches:
Adults—70 milligrams (mg) injected under the skin once a month. Some patients may be given 140 mg injected under the skin once a month.
Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Continue to use this medicine each month from the date of your last dose.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.
Keep the medicine in its original carton. You may store it at room temperature for up to 7 days after removing it from the refrigerator. Throw away any unused medicine kept at room temperature after 7 days.