Directory of Drugs: Symlin - Pramlintide Acetate
What Is The Most Important Information About Symlin?
· Symlin is used with insulin to lower blood sugar, especially high blood sugar that happens after meals.
· Symlin is given at mealtimes. The use of Symlin does not replace your daily insulin but may lower the amount of insulin you need, especially before meals.
· Even when Symlin is carefully added to your mealtime insulin therapy, your blood sugar may drop too low, especially if you have type 1 diabetes. If this low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia) happens, it is seen within 3 hours after a Symlin injection. Severe low blood sugar makes it hard to think clearly, drive a car, use heavy machinery or do other risky activities where you could hurt yourself or others.
· Symlin should only be used by people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who:
What Is Symlin?
Symlin is an injectable medicine for adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to control blood sugar. Symlin slows down the movement of food through your stomach. This affects how fast sugar enters your blood after eating. Symlin is always used with insulin to help lower blood sugar during the 3 hours after meals.
Symlin has not been studied in children.
Who Should Not Use Symlin?
Do not use Symlin if you:
What Are The Risks?
See, “What Is The Most Important Information About Symlin?”
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Professional?
Before you start taking Symlin, tell your healthcare professional about all of your medical conditions including if you are:
Are There Any Interactions With Drugs Or Foods?
Keep a list of all the medicines you take. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Symlin can slow down how other medicines pass through your stomach and may affect how much of them get into your body. Therefore, you may have to change the times you take certain medicines.
How Should I Use Symlin?
Symlin: FDA approved 03/2005
Patient Information Sheet: Created 05/2005
Date created: July 18, 2005, updated August 24, 2005
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