At first, Rayea was afraid of getting her Myalept injection, but now she'll help me when it's time for her shot.
Myalept is an injection you take once a day
Myalept, a prescription medication, is only available through certified pharmacies that are enrolled in the Myalept Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program. Your doctor must be enrolled and certified in the program in order to prescribe Myalept.
Your doctor will start you on a specific dose of Myalept based on your gender and weight. Depending on how well you are doing, your doctor may increase or decrease your dose over time.
Three things to know before you start:
- Myalept comes in a powdered form and needs to be mixed with a liquid before injecting. The liquid used to mix Myalept for newborns is different from the liquid used for children and adults. It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions for mixing Myalept.
- Before starting Myalept, a healthcare provider should show you how to inject Myalept for the first time. It is important that a healthcare provider watch your first injection of Myalept.
- Myalept needs to be taken once a day, at the same time each day. You should find a time that works for you before starting treatment.
Read the step-by-step Instructions for Use to learn how to mix, store and inject Myalept. These instructions are also included with each Myalept shipment.
Preparing your Myalept® dose
When you are ready to take Myalept, it is important to mix Myalept with the appropriate liquid as prescribed by your doctor, following these guidelines
Newborn or Infant
Myalept should be mixed with sterile water for injection (preservative-free) (WFI) and used right away. You should throw away any medication not used during each injection.
Serious side effects including death have happened in newborns or infants who have received the preservative benzyl alcohol. Bacteriostatic water for injection contains benzyl alcohol and it should not be used to mix Myalept for newborns and infants.
Older child or adult
Myalept should be mixed with bacteriostatic water for injection (BWFI) and can be used for more than 1 dose for up to 3 days. Mixed Myalept should be stored in the refrigerator and out of the light. You should throw away any medication not used after 3 days.
For step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your Myalept dose, review the Instructions for Use before each injection.
How do I take Myalept?
Always take medications exactly as instructed by your doctor. Below are some important things to keep in mind while taking Myalept.
DO review the complete Instructions for Use before each injection
DO inject Myalept once a day, at the same time each day
DO inject Myalept at room temperature
DO mix Myalept with the right liquid depending on age
DO inject Myalept in the upper arm, thigh, or abdomen
DO store Myalept in the refrigerator between 36°F and 46°F (2°C and 8°C) and away from light
DO follow the diet recommended by your doctor
DO NOT inject Myalept into your muscle or veins
DO NOT take more than your regular daily dosage in a single day
DO NOT take an extra dose or increase the amount of your dose to make up for a missed dose
DO NOT mix Myalept and insulin in the same syringe or vial
DO NOT shake Myalept when mixing
DO NOT freeze Myalept
DO NOT stop taking Myalept without consulting your doctor
DO NOT use if the liquid is cloudy or colored or has particles after mixing
Also taking insulin and/or a sulfonylurea drug?
Although Myalept and insulin dose may be taken at the same time, do not inject Myalept and insulin at the same injection site. Use separate syringes for Myalept and insulin. Once you start taking Myalept, your doctor may adjust your dose of insulin and/or sulfonylurea medication to help reduce the risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Questions to ask your doctor
Here are some helpful questions that you can ask your doctor before starting Myalept and throughout your treatment.
- How will I know if Myalept® is working for me?
- How often will I need to have blood tests?
- Which tests will I get?
- What should I do if I experience side effects?
- Will my dose need to be increased over time?
- What should I be aware of if I am also taking insulin?
- Will I need to change dosing of my other medications?
- What can I do if the injections are too painful?