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Kybella

Generic Name: deoxycholic acid (dee OX i KOE lik AS id)
Brand Names: Kybella

Medically reviewed on June 24, 2016

What is Kybella?

Kybella (keoxycholic acid) is a manmade form of a substance your body makes that helps to absorb fats. Deoxycholic acid works by destroying fat cells where it is injected into the body.

Kybella is used to help decrease the appearance of fat that hangs below the chin, sometimes called a double-chin.

Kybella has not been tested for safe use on other areas of the body.

Important information

Follow all directions on Kybella label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Kybella if you are allergic to deoxycholic acid, or if you have:

  • an infection in or around the area to be treated.

To make sure Kybella is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • a history of surgery or other cosmetic treatments on your neck, chin, or face (or if you plan to have surgery on any of these areas);

  • trouble swallowing;

  • a thyroid disorder;

  • swollen lymph glands in your neck; or

  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia.

It is not known whether Kybella will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether deoxycholic acid passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Kybella is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How is Kybella given?

Kybella is injected under the skin directly into the area beneath your chin. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.

Kybella must be given in a series of up to 6 treatment sessions in order to be effective. You may receive up to 50 injections at each session.

You may be treated with a topical numbing medicine or an ice pack to ease pain and make you comfortable during the injections.

Each treatment session should be spaced no less than 1 month apart. Many people have had visible results after 2 to 4 sessions.

Your doctor will determine the right number of Kybella injections and how many sessions you need, depending on the results you want.

Kybella dosing information

Usual Adult Dose of Kybella for Submental Fat Reduction:

Area-adjusted dose of 2 mg/cm2 injected subcutaneously into fat tissue in the submental area.

Comments:
-A single treatment consists of up to a maximum of 50 injections, 0.2 mL each (up to a total of 10 mL), spaced 1-cm apart.
-Up to 6 single treatments may be administered at intervals no less than 1 month apart.
-The number of injections and the number of treatments should be tailored to the individual patient's submental fat distribution and treatment goals.

Use: Improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your Kybella injection.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid after receiving Kybella?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Kybella side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Kybella: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • trouble swallowing;

  • weak muscles in your face; or

  • a crooked smile.

Common Kybella side effects may include:

  • pain, swelling, bruising, or redness of treated skin areas; or

  • numbness or hardening of treated areas.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Kybella?

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:

  • a blood thinner--warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven; or

  • any medicines to prevent blood clots.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with deoxycholic acid, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Kybella only for the indication prescribed.

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

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