Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Activity level: For a few days after receiving the injection, avoid strenuous activities such as jogging, tennis, heavy lifting, or standing for a long time. Consult your doctor before restarting these activities.
Allergies: This medication is prepared from chicken combs. People who are allergic to products from birds, such as feathers, eggs, and poultry may develop an allergic reaction to hylan G-F 20. People with allergies to products from birds should inform their doctor of this before receiving this medication and discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Circulation: People who have circulation problems of the legs or lymph ducts should use hylan G-F 20 cautiously. Inform your doctor if you have circulatory problems before receiving this medication. Discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks, as the safety and effectiveness of receiving this medication during pregnancy have not been established. If you become pregnant while receiving this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if hylan G-F 20 passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children under 18 years of age.