What is Thyrogen?

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Thyrogen is an injectable drug used as part of a diagnostic test to determine how well an individual's thyroid is working. Thyrogen is also used in combination with a radioactive agent to destroy leftover cancer tissues in people with thyroid cancer who have had the thyroid gland removed. The medication is a type of drug called a recombinant human thyroid-stimulating hormone, or TSH. The medication binds to TSH receptors on healthy thyroid cells or cancerous cells. A doctor is thus able to determine if cancerous or healthy thyroid cells remain. The generic version of Thyrogen is thyrotropin alfa. The medication is administered through injection into a muscle.

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