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Kybella

Generic Name: Deoxycholic Acid (dee ox i KOE lik AS id)
Brand Name: Kybella

Medically reviewed on September 5, 2018

Uses of Kybella:

  • It is used to improve the look of fat below the chin (double chin).

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Kybella?

  • If you have an allergy to Kybella (deoxycholic acid) or any part of Kybella (deoxycholic acid).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have an infection where the shot will be given.
  • If you have ever had trouble swallowing.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Kybella (deoxycholic acid).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Kybella (deoxycholic acid) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Kybella?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Kybella (deoxycholic acid). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Some people have had hair loss where the injection was given. If you have hair loss where the injection was given, talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine is not approved for use in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Kybella (deoxycholic acid) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Kybella) best taken?

Use Kybella (deoxycholic acid) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
  • Your doctor will give Kybella (deoxycholic acid).

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Face muscle weakness or uneven smile.
  • Very bad irritation where the shot was given.
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Skin ulcers and death of skin tissue near the injection site have happened when Kybella (deoxycholic acid) was given into the wrong part of the skin. Call your doctor right away if you have skin sores or ulcers; drainage; or pain, color, or temperature change where the injection was given.

What are some other side effects of Kybella?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Bleeding where the shot is given.
  • Area that feels hard, numbness, or bruising where the shot was given.
  • Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
  • Pain where the shot was given.
  • Irritation where the shot is given.
  • Headache.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Kybella?

  • If you need to store Kybella (deoxycholic acid) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Kybella (deoxycholic acid), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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