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Teduglutide Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to teduglutide: subcutaneous powder for solution

As well as its needed effects, teduglutide may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

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

More common:
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • decrease in the amount of urine
  • excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever
  • full or bloated feeling
  • hives
  • hoarseness
  • irritation
  • itching
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • noisy, rattling breathing
  • pressure in the stomach
  • rash
  • redness of the skin
  • swelling of the abdominal or stomach area
  • swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
  • swelling of the fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
  • tightness in the chest
  • troubled breathing at rest
  • troubled breathing or swallowing
  • weight gain
Less common:
  • Indigestion
  • severe nausea or vomiting

Minor Side Effects

Some teduglutide 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
  • changes in appetite
  • chills
  • cough
  • ear congestion
  • headache
  • loss of voice
  • nasal congestion
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to teduglutide: subcutaneous kit


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Colorectal polyps
Rare (less than 0.1%): Malignancy[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Fluid overload (up to 11.7%)
Common (1% to 10%): Flushing
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Syncope
Rare (less than 0.1%): Congestive heart failure
Postmarketing reports: Cardiac arrest, cardiac failure[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Gastrointestinal stoma complication (up to 41.9%), abdominal pain (up to 37.7%), nausea (up to 27%), abdominal distension (up to 19.5%), vomiting (up to 14%)
Common (1% to 10%): Pancreatic disease, intestinal obstruction/stenosis, flatulence[Ref]

GI stoma complication (swelling of the stoma and associated complications) is considered a sign of efficacy rather than an adverse event.[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Gallbladder and biliary tract disease (cholecystitis, cholangitis, cholelithiasis, cholestasis), increased c-reactive protein[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Skin hemorrhage, allergic dermatitis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Hypersensitivity reaction[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Antibody formation (up to 48%)
Common (1% to 10%): Influenza

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 17%)
Common (1% to 10%): Paresthesia
Postmarketing reports: Cerebral hemorrhage[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Anxiety, sleep disturbance/disorder
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Mental status deterioration[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Respiratory tract infection (up to 28%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dyspnea, cough[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Appetite disorder


Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia


Very common (10% or more): Injection site reaction (up to 21.8%), peripheral edema (up to 10%)
Common (1% to 10%): Chest pain, night sweats


Common (1% to 10%): Renal colic, costovertebral angle tenderness


1. "Product Information. Gattex (teduglutide)." NPS Pharmaceuticals, Bedminster, NJ.

It is possible that some side effects of teduglutide 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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