Generic Name: Teprotumumab (TEP roe TOOM ue mab)
Brand Name: Tepezza
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 14, 2019.
Uses of Tepezza:
- It is used to treat Thyroid Eye Disease.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Tepezza?
- If you are allergic to Tepezza (teprotumumab); any part of Tepezza (teprotumumab); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
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 Tepezza (teprotumumab) 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 Tepezza?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Tepezza (teprotumumab). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- High blood sugar has happened with Tepezza (teprotumumab). Check blood sugar as you have been told. Talk with your doctor if you have questions.
- If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), talk with your doctor. Worsening of IBD has happened. Tell your doctor if your signs get worse when taking Tepezza (teprotumumab).
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
- Women must use birth control before starting Tepezza (teprotumumab), while taking it, and for some time after the last dose. Ask your doctor how long to use birth control. If you get pregnant, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Tepezza) best taken?
Use Tepezza (teprotumumab) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
- Other drugs may be given to help with infusion side effects.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
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.
- Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
- Change in hearing.
- Infusion reactions have happened during or after the infusion. Tell your doctor right away if you have effects like fast heartbeat; feeling hot; shortness of breath; muscle pain; or signs of high blood pressure like headache, dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
What are some other side effects of Tepezza?
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:
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 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
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 Tepezza?
- If you need to store Tepezza (teprotumumab) 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 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 Tepezza (teprotumumab), 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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
More about Tepezza (teprotumumab)
- Side Effects
- During Pregnancy
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
- En Español
- Drug class: growth hormone receptor blockers
- FDA Approval History