Connect with a #Shortbowel​warrior

Through SBS Connect, you can speak with someone who knows what it's like to live with SBS—and is ready to share their personal story.*

We’ll help you connect directly with Shire Patient Ambassadors. SBS Patient Ambassadors are adults with short bowel syndrome who know what it’s like to be dependent on parenteral support (PS) and who have experience taking GATTEX. Through SBS Connect, talk one on one with a Patient Ambassador as they share their experiences of living with SBS and journey from diagnosis to treatment.

*Always remember that individual experiences and results will vary. The SBS Connect Program is not intended for the purpose of disease diagnosis. It is not a
 substitute for information that is provided to you by your physician. You should always discuss your medical condition and any questions you have with your physician.

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“Having the support you need is so important.”

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“I love all the friends I’ve made on this great merry-go-round of life, and I think about what I can give to others going through this.”

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“I want to be that person other young adults with SBS can look to for inspiration.”

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“Friends and family are wonderful, but I think it’s important to find some kind of a network of people who have been through this.”

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“I’ve never believed in dwelling on things. I regard every day as a gift, and I’m so happy that I can tell you about my experience.”

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“I don’t want anyone else to feel like they’re alone or can’t find support when suffering from SBS.”

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“I encourage you to educate yourself about your disease and work with your doctors to find a treatment plan that’s right for you.”

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What is GATTEX?

Important Safety Information

GATTEX may cause serious side effects including making abnormal cells grow faster, polyps in the colon (large intestine), blockage of the bowel (intestines), swelling (inflammation) or blockage of your gallbladder or pancreas, and fluid overload. Click here for additional Important Safety Information.

GATTEX® (teduglutide) for subcutaneous injection is a prescription medicine used in adults with Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) who need additional nutrition or fluids from intravenous (IV) feeding (parenteral support).

Click here for additional Important Safety Information.

What is GATTEX?

GATTEX® (teduglutide) for subcutaneous injection is a prescription medicine used in adults with Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) who need additional nutrition or fluids from intravenous (IV) feeding (parenteral support).

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about GATTEX?

GATTEX may cause serious side effects, including:

Making abnormal cells grow faster

GATTEX can make abnormal cells that are already in your body grow faster. There is an increased risk that abnormal cells could become cancer. If you get cancer of the bowel (intestines), liver, gallbladder or pancreas while using GATTEX, your healthcare provider should stop GATTEX. If you get other types of cancers, you and your healthcare provider should discuss the risks and benefits of using GATTEX.

Polyps in the colon (large intestine)

Polyps are growths on the inside of the colon. Your healthcare provider will have your colon checked for polyps within 6 months before starting GATTEX and have any polyps removed.

To keep using GATTEX, your healthcare provider should have your colon checked for new polyps at the end of 1 year of using GATTEX. If no polyp is found, your healthcare provider should check you for polyps as needed and at least every 5 years and have any new polyps removed. If cancer is found in a polyp, your healthcare provider should stop GATTEX.

Blockage of the bowel (intestines)

A bowel blockage keeps food, fluids, and gas from moving through the bowels in the normal way. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms of a bowel or stomal blockage:

If a blockage is found, your healthcare provider may temporarily stop GATTEX.

Swelling (inflammation) or blockage of your gallbladder or pancreas

Your healthcare provider will do tests to check your gallbladder and pancreas within 6 months before starting GATTEX and at least every 6 months while you are using GATTEX. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get:

Fluid overload

Your healthcare provider will check you for too much fluid in your body. Too much fluid in your body may lead to heart failure, especially if you have heart problems. Tell your healthcare provider if you get swelling in your feet and ankles, you gain weight very quickly (water weight), or you have trouble breathing.

The most common side effects of GATTEX include:

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using GATTEX?

Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:

Tell your healthcare providers about all the medicines you take, including prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using GATTEX with certain other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. Your other healthcare providers may need to change the dose of any oral medicines (medicines taken by mouth) you take while using GATTEX. Tell the healthcare provider who gives you GATTEX if you will be taking a new oral medicine.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For additional safety information, click here for full Prescribing Information.