Start SOMAVERT® (pegvisomant for injection) | Safety Info

Starting on SOMAVERT

Like any new patient starting on a new medication, you may have a lot of questions about starting SOMAVERT. In addition to talking with your doctor, you can find information about SOMAVERT here.

Your doctor will track your IGF-I levels

Before taking SOMAVERT for your acromegaly, your doctor should order blood tests. These tests will check your liver and IGF-I levels in your system.

  • After treatment begins, your doctor may order additional IGF-I blood tests every 4 to 6 weeks to see how SOMAVERT is working or if the dose needs adjusting
  • Your doctor may also run other tests in order to check your liver

It is important to stick to your treatment plan as prescribed by your doctor. If you are still having symptoms of acromegaly, be sure to talk to your doctor.

The SOMAVERT Injection Placemat provides instructions for taking your SOMAVERT treatment.

Important information to remember

  • Store the one-day package or intermediate cartons of the 30-day package in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C-8°C) OR at room temperature up to 77°F (25°C) for a single period of up to 30 days. Do not freeze it!
    • Once the carton has been stored at room temperature, it should not be placed back into the refrigerator. If not used within 30 days at room temperature, the vial(s) should be discarded
  • After mixing the powder, gently and slowly swirl the liquid. Do not shake. You must use the mixed SOMAVERT immediately or throw it away
  • If you forget to give yourself an injection of SOMAVERT, skip that dose. Get back on your schedule the next day
  • Do not inject a double dose to make up for a forgotten injection
  • If you have any questions about using SOMAVERT, ask your doctor