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|Nutrition and You: Starting Gattex®|
How to Work with Your Health Care Provider
Home parenteral nutrition (HPN) allows people to not only survive, but thrive. However, it carries potential complications, and for some it can be cumbersome and limiting. While it would be great to take even one day each week off of HPN, not everyone can do that. We’d like to discuss some options that may allow you to reduce your HPN.
The first option is to visit with your nutrition support team to optimize your diet and medications. In some cases specialized surgical procedures may be appropriate. Another option is a new medication called Gattex® (NPS Pharmaceuticals).
About GattexAll medical interventions involve a partnership between the consumer and the clinician. It cannot be a one-way street. So, what do you need to know and what do you need to do when starting Gattex?
If you haven’t worked with your nutrition support team to ensure that your HPN, diet, and medication regimen is optimal, talk with your nutrition support team members. This is always the first step. When the standard therapies have been exhausted, then it is time to consider Gattex in partnership with your health care provider.
For more information on Gattex®(Teduglide [rDNA origin]) for Injection, visit www.gattex.com.
Submitted by Laura Matarese, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA, CNSC, FASPEN; reviewed by Carol Ireton-Jones, PhD, RD, LD, CNSD, FACN.
LifelineLetter May/June 2013