What should I know about pegvisomant before receiving it?

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Pegvisomant is a manufactured protein similar to human growth hormone and is used for the treatment of acromegaly, a growth disorder caused by too much growth hormone. You should not use this product without consulting a doctor if you are allergic to latex, as the stopper on the vial contains latex. Let your doctor know if you have any allergies to pegvisomant or any other growth hormone product. Your doctor will run periodic blood tests to monitor treatment and progress; blood tests are very important to check liver function and insulin-like growth factor. If you have liver problems, a tumor that secretes growth hormone, diabetes or are taking any narcotic cough or pain medication, let your doctor know before taking this medication. This is a pregnancy Category B drug and is not thought to be harmful to a developing fetus. It is not known if it passes through breast milk to a nursing infant. Speak with your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. There are no restrictions on food, beverages or activities while receiving this.