Tesamorelin Side Effects

It is possible that some side effects of tesamorelin may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to tesamorelin: subcutaneous powder for solution

As well as its needed effects, tesamorelin may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking tesamorelin, check with your doctor immediately:

More common
  • Difficulty with moving
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • pain in the arms or legs
  • pain in the joints
Less common
  • Blurred vision
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • burning, numbness, pain, or tingling in all fingers except the smallest finger
  • chest pain
  • dizziness
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • headache
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • swelling of the joints
  • unsteadiness or awkwardness
  • weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

Some tesamorelin side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at injection site
  • muscle aching or cramping
Less common
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • bone pain
  • discouragement
  • feeling of warmth
  • feeling sad or empty
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • irritability
  • itching skin
  • lack of appetite
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • muscle spasms
  • nausea
  • night sweats
  • rash
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • sleeplessness
  • stiffness of the joints
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • strain in the muscles
  • sudden sweating
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unable to sleep
  • upper abdominal or stomach pain
  • vomiting

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to tesamorelin: subcutaneous powder for injection

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects have included pruritus, erythema, flushing, urticaria, and other rash.[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal side effects have included arthralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, pain in extremity, myalgia, musculoskeletal pain, musculoskeletal stiffness, joint stiffness, muscle spasms, and joint swelling.[Ref]

Local

Local side effects have included injection site reactions (erythema, pruritus, pain, urticaria, irritation, swelling, and hemorrhage).[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included paresthesia, hypoesthesia and peripheral neuropathy.[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea, vomiting, dyspepsia, and upper abdominal pain.[Ref]

Metabolic

Metabolic side effects have included hyperglycemia.[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular side effects have included palpitations, hypertension, hot flush and peripheral edema.[Ref]

Psychiatric

Psychiatric side effects have included depression and insomnia.[Ref]

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have included rash, pruritus and night sweats.[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Egrifta (tesamorelin)." EMD Serono Inc, Rockland, MA.

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