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When and How to Take Symlin

General considerations for when and how to take Symlin include the following:
  • The medication comes in an injectable form in pens (injection devices). It is given just under the skin of the thigh or abdomen (stomach).
  • The medication should be injected right before every major meal. A major meal must have at least 250 calories or 30 grams of carbohydrates.
  • Do not mix Symlin and insulin, as they are not compatible. They must be given as separate injections. Separate the insulin and Symlin injection sites by at least two inches on your body.
  • For Symlin to work properly, it must be injected as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop using it.

Dosing Information

The dose of Symlin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you are currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Symlin Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Symlin

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Symlin. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medication quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects include:
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) (see Symlin and Blood Sugar)
  • A decrease in appetite and food intake
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain).
(Click Symlin Side Effects to learn more, including some of the more serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
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