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Thyrotropin Alfa (Hamster) Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

THYROTROPIN ALFA (thahy ruh TROH pin AL fa) is a man-made protein. It is used to diagnosis any remaining thyroid cancer after treatment.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • fast, irregular heartbeat

  • flu-like symptoms

  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • dizziness

  • headache

  • nausea, vomiting

  • trouble sleeping

  • weak or tired

What may interact with this medicine?

  • sodium iodide I-131

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • cancer that has spread to other parts of the body

  • have thyroid tissue remaining

  • heart disease

  • kidney disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to thyroid products, bovine thyroid stimulating hormone, other hormones, medicines, foods, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

Visit your doctor for check-ups as directed.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 9/3/2009
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