Once-a-week TANZEUM may help adults with type 2 diabetes lower their A1C when combined with diet and exercise.

If you are taking certain diabetes pills and/or daily insulin and your A1C levels are not where they should be, ask your doctor if adding once-a-week TANZEUM may be right for you.

Diet, exercise, medication...you've made a lot of changes to try to control your type 2 diabetes. However, in spite of all that you're doing, your A1C levels still may not be where they should be. That means you and your doctor may need to make a change to your treatment plan.

TANZEUM is a once-a-week injection that has been shown in studies to lower A1C in adults taking oral diabetes medication and/or daily insulin. If your A1C is not at goal with certain diabetes pills and/or daily insulin, ask your doctor if adding once-a-week TANZEUM is right for you.

TANZEUM is not insulin. TANZEUM works to help your body release more of its own insulin.

When you have type 2 diabetes, your body may not produce enough insulin or may not be able to use the insulin it produces. Insulin is important because it helps you get glucose from the foods you eat into your body's cells.

GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) is a hormone your body makes to help maintain the balance of insulin and blood sugar in your system. It helps your body release more insulin, and it can slow down your digestion to help keep blood sugar from getting too high. People with type 2 diabetes may have lower levels of GLP-1. TANZEUM acts like GLP-1, to help manage your blood sugar.

How TANZEUM works with your body:

What is TANZEUM® (albiglutide)?

TANZEUM is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults with type 2 diabetes, and should be used along with diet and exercise. TANZEUM is not recommended as the first medication to treat diabetes. TANZEUM has not been studied in people who have had pancreatitis. TANZEUM is not a substitute for insulin and is not for people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. TANZEUM is not recommended for use in people with severe stomach or intestinal problems. It is not known if TANZEUM can be used with mealtime insulin or if TANZEUM is safe and effective for use in children under 18 years of age.

Important Safety Information for TANZEUM

In studies with rats and mice, medicines that work like TANZEUM caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if TANZEUM will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people. Do not use TANZEUM if you or any of your family have ever had MTC or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2. Tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer.

Do not use TANZEUM if you are allergic to albiglutide or any of the ingredients in TANZEUM.

Before using TANZEUM, tell your healthcare provider about your medical conditions, including if you have or have had problems with your pancreas, kidneys, or liver, have severe problems with your stomach, such as slowed emptying of your stomach (gastroparesis) or problems with digesting food.

Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TANZEUM will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if TANZEUM passes into your breast milk.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TANZEUM may affect the way some medicines work and some medicines may affect the way TANZEUM works.

Before using TANZEUM, talk to your healthcare provider about low blood sugar and how to manage it. Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking other medicines to treat diabetes, including insulin or sulfonylureas.

TANZEUM may cause serious side effects, including:

  • possible thyroid tumors, including cancer.
  • inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis). Stop using TANZEUM and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel pain from your abdomen to your back.
  • low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Your risk for getting low blood sugar may be higher if you use TANZEUM with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include dizziness or light-headedness, sweating, confusion or drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, shakiness, fast heart beat, anxiety, irritability, or mood changes, hunger, feeling jittery and weakness.
  • serious allergic reactions. Stop using TANZEUM and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including itching, rash, or difficulty breathing.
  • kidney problems (kidney failure). In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration), which may cause kidney problems to get worse.

The most common side effects of TANZEUM may include diarrhea, nausea, reactions at your injection site, cough, back pain, cold or flu symptoms. Talk to your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of TANZEUM.

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