Generic name: fremanezumab [ FREE-ma-NEZ-ue-mab ]
Brand names: Ajovy, Ajovy Autoinjector
Dosage form: subcutaneous solution (vfrm 225 mg/1.5 mL)
Drug class: CGRP inhibitors
What is fremanezumab?
Fremanezumab is used to prevent migraine headaches in adults.
Fremanezumab may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine 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 fremanezumab if you are allergic to it.
Fremanezumab is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether fremanezumab will harm an unborn baby. However, having migraines during pregnancy may cause complications such as preeclampsia (which can lead to medical problems in both mother and baby). The benefit of preventing migraines may outweigh any risks to the baby.
It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.
How should I use fremanezumab?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Fremanezumab is injected under the skin. A healthcare provider may teach you how to properly use the medication by yourself.
Fremanezumab is usually given as 1 injection once a month, or as 3 injections (in separate syringes) once every 3 months.
Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Do not use fremanezumab if you don't understand all instructions for proper use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.
Prepare your injection only when you are ready to give it. Do not use if the medicine looks cloudy, has changed colors, is frozen, or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.
Store fremanezumab in the original carton in a refrigerator, protected from light. Do not freeze or shake this medicine.
Take the medicine out of the refrigerator and let it reach room temperature for 30 minutes before injecting your dose. Do not warm the medicine with hot water, sunlight, or a microwave.
You may also store fremanezumab in the original carton at room temperature for up to 7 days. Throw the medicine away if it has been at room temperature for 7 days or longer.
Each prefilled autoinjector or syringe is for one use only. Throw it away after one use, even if there is still medicine left inside.
Use a needle and syringe only once and then place them in a puncture-proof "sharps" container. Follow state or local laws about how to dispose of this container. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the medicine as soon as you remember, and then restart your regular injection schedule 1 month or 3 months later.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while using fremanezumab?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Fremanezumab side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
An allergic reaction to fremanezumab can occur up to 1 month after an injection.
Common side effects of fremanezumab may include:
pain, redness, or a hard lump where the medicine was injected.
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.
Fremanezumab dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Migraine Prophylaxis:
225 mg subcutaneously once a month
-Alternatively, 675 mg subcutaneously may be administered once every 3 months
-To administer 675 mg subcutaneously, 3 consecutive subcutaneous injections of 225 mg are given.
-If switching dosage options, administer the first dose of the new regimen on the next scheduled date of administration.
Use: For the preventive treatment of migraine.
What other drugs will affect fremanezumab?
Other drugs may affect fremanezumab, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
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