Thyrogen Side Effects
Generic name: thyrotropin alpha
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 18, 2022.
Note: This document contains side effect information about thyrotropin alpha. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Thyrogen.
Applies to thyrotropin alpha: intramuscular powder for solution.
Serious side effects of Thyrogen
Along with its needed effects, thyrotropin alpha (the active ingredient contained in Thyrogen) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking thyrotropin alpha:
- Inability to move the legs or arms
- paralysis of one side of the body
- feeling of warmth
- skin rash, hives, welts, itching, or redness
- itching, redness, or swelling at the injection site
- loss of vision
- redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
- tightness of the throat
Incidence not known
- difficult or labored breathing
- difficulty with speaking
- difficulty with swallowing
- double vision
- fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
- inability to move the facial muscles
- muscle or joint pain
- sore throat
- voice changes
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking thyrotropin alpha:
Symptoms of overdose
- Blurred vision
- chest pain
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- increased sweating
Other side effects of Thyrogen
Some side effects of thyrotropin alpha may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Frequent urge to urinate
- stomach discomfort
- Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
- lack or loss of strength
- stuffy or runny nose
- trouble sleeping
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
- Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at injection site
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to thyrotropin alpha: intramuscular powder for injection.
Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue
Postmarketing reports: Stroke, transient influenza-like symptoms (less than 48 hours, including fever over 100F, chills/shivering, myalgia/arthralgia, fatigue/asthenia/malaise, respiratory signs/symptoms), enlargement of residual thyroid tissue or metastases
Very common (10% or more): Nausea (11%)
Common (1% to 10%): Vomiting[Ref]
Postmarketing reports: Injection site reactions (including pain, erythema, bruising, pruritus)
Common (1% to 10%): Headache[Ref]
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Related treatment guides
1. "Product Information. Thyrogen (thyrotropin alpha)." Genzyme Corporation (2001):
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.