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Tanzeum Side Effects

Generic Name: albiglutide

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug albiglutide. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Tanzeum.

In Summary

Common side effects of Tanzeum include: injection site reaction, diarrhea, and nausea. Other side effects include: vomiting. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to albiglutide: subcutaneous powder for solution

As well as its needed effects, albiglutide (the active ingredient contained in Tanzeum) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

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

Rare
  • Bloating
  • chills or fever
  • darkened urine
  • fast heartbeat
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea, vomiting, or indigestion
  • pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
Incidence not known:
  • Anxiety, irritability, or mood changes
  • blurred vision
  • cold sweats
  • confusion
  • difficulty with breathing or swallowing
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • shakiness
  • skin itching, rash, or redness
  • slurred speech
  • swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Minor Side Effects

Some albiglutide 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:
  • Body aches or pain
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • ear congestion
  • loss of voice
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • pain in the joints
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • skin reactions, warmth, or redness at the injection site
  • sneezing
  • stuffy or runny nose

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to albiglutide: subcutaneous powder for injection

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea (13.1%), nausea (11.1%),
Common (1% to 10%): Vomiting, gastroesophageal reflux disease, dyspepsia, constipation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Appendicitis, acute pancreatitis[Ref]

Immunologic

Very common (10% or more): Positive test for anti-albiglutide (the active ingredient contained in Tanzeum) antibodies[Ref]

Local

Very common (10% or more): Injection site reaction (10.5%)
Common (1% to 10%): Injection site hematoma, erythema, rash, and/or pruritus
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Injection site hypersensitivity and/or hemorrhage[Ref]

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Hypoglycemia (up to 17%)[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Very common (10% or more): Back pain (6.7%), arthralgia (6.6%)[Ref]

Other

Very common (10% or more): Influenza (5.2%)[Ref]

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Upper respiratory tract infection (14.2%), cough (6.9%), sinusitis (6.2%)
Common (1% to 10%): Pneumonia[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Atrial fibrillation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Atrial flutter[Ref]

Hepatic

Common (1% to 10%): Increased ALT, gamma glutamyltransferase[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Pruritus, rash, dyspnea[Ref]

Oncologic

Frequency not reported: Risk of Thyroid C-cell Tumors[Ref]

Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) was diagnosed in 1 patient receiving this drug and 1 patient receiving placebo across 8 phase 3 clinical trials. Both of these patients had markedly elevated serum calcitonin levels at baseline.[Ref]

Renal

Frequency not reported: Renal impairment[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Tanzeum (albiglutide)." GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC.

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

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