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Tesamorelin is licensed to treat abnormal fat deposits around the abdomen in people with HIV. This fat accumulation is a side effect of many drugs used to treat HIV. Tesamorelin causes an increase in growth hormone, which leads to a decrease in this layer of fat. The medication is injected once a day. Common side effects include redness and pain at the injection site.
What Is Tesamorelin?Tesamorelin acetate (Egrifta™) is a prescription medication approved to reduce excess abdominal (stomach) fat in people with HIV who also have lipodystrophy. Lipodystrophy is a common side effect of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) medications; it involves excessive fat accumulation around the stomach. Tesamorelin is taken by a subcutaneous injection (an injection just below the skin).
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, tesamorelin can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
- Pain and redness at the injection site
- Muscle pain
- Fluid retention in the extremities