Makena is a progestin indicated to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with a singleton pregnancy who have a history of singleton spontaneous preterm birth. The effectiveness of Makena is based on improvement in the proportion of women who delivered <37 weeks of gestation. There are no controlled trials demonstrating a direct clinical benefit, such as improvement in neonatal mortality and morbidity.

Limitation of use: While there are many risk factors for preterm birth, safety and efficacy of Makena has been demonstrated only in women with a prior spontaneous singleton preterm birth. It is not intended for use in women with multiple gestations or other risk factors for preterm birth.

  • Do not use Makena in women with any of the following conditions:
    • Current or history of thrombosis or thromboembolic disorders
    • Known or suspected breast cancer, other hormone-sensitive cancer or history of these conditions
    • Undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding unrelated to pregnancy
    • Cholestatic jaundice of pregnancy
    • Liver tumors, benign or malignant, or active liver disease
    • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Makena should be discontinued if thrombosis or thromboembolism occurs
  • Allergic reactions, including urticaria, pruritus and angioedema, have been reported with use of Makena or with other products containing castor oil
  • Women receiving Makena should be monitored if they:
    • Are prediabetic or diabetic
    • Have conditions that may be affected by fluid retention, such as preeclampsia, epilepsy, cardiac or renal dysfunction
    • Have a history of clinical depression; Makena should be discontinued if depression recurs
    • Develop jaundice; consider whether benefit of use warrants continuation
    • Develop hypertension
  • Certain pregnancy-related fetal and maternal complications or events were numerically increased in Makena-treated subjects as compared to placebo subjects, including miscarriage (2.4% vs. 0%) and stillbirth (2% vs. 1.3%), admission for preterm labor (16% vs. 13.8%), preeclampsia or gestational hypertension (8.8% vs. 4.6%), gestational diabetes (5.6% vs. 4.6%), and oligohydramnios (3.6% vs. 1.3%)
  • In a study where the Makena intramuscular injection was compared with placebo, the most common adverse reactions reported with Makena intramuscular injection (reported incidence in ≥2% of subjects and higher than in the control group) were: injection site reactions (pain [35%], swelling [17%], pruritus [6%], nodule [5%]), urticaria (12%), pruritus (8%), nausea (6%), and diarrhea (2%)
  • In studies where the Makena subcutaneous injection using auto-injector was compared with Makena intramuscular injection, the most common adverse reaction reported with Makena Auto-Injector use (and higher than with Makena intramuscular injection) was injection site pain (10% in one study and 34% in another)

You may report an adverse event related to AMAG Pharmaceuticals' products by calling 1-877-411-2510 or emailing amag@druginfo.com. If you prefer, you may contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directly at fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Makena is a progestin indicated to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with a singleton pregnancy who have a history of singleton spontaneous preterm birth. The effectiveness of Makena is based on improvement in the proportion of women who delivered <37 weeks of gestation. There are no controlled trials demonstrating a direct clinical benefit, such as improvement in neonatal mortality and morbidity.

Limitation of use: While there are many risk factors for preterm birth, safety and efficacy of Makena has been demonstrated only in women with a prior spontaneous singleton preterm birth. It is not intended for use in women with multiple gestations or other risk factors for preterm birth.

  • Do not use Makena in women with any of the following conditions:
    • Current or history of thrombosis or thromboembolic disorders
    • Known or suspected breast cancer, other hormone-sensitive cancer or history of these conditions
    • Undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding unrelated to pregnancy
    • Cholestatic jaundice of pregnancy
    • Liver tumors, benign or malignant, or active liver disease
    • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Makena should be discontinued if thrombosis or thromboembolism occurs
  • Allergic reactions, including urticaria, pruritus and angioedema, have been reported with use of Makena or with other products containing castor oil
  • Women receiving Makena should be monitored if they:
    • Are prediabetic or diabetic
    • Have conditions that may be affected by fluid retention, such as preeclampsia, epilepsy, cardiac or renal dysfunction
    • Have a history of clinical depression; Makena should be discontinued if depression recurs
    • Develop jaundice; consider whether benefit of use warrants continuation
    • Develop hypertension
  • Certain pregnancy-related fetal and maternal complications or events were numerically increased in Makena-treated subjects as compared to placebo subjects, including miscarriage (2.4% vs. 0%) and stillbirth (2% vs. 1.3%), admission for preterm labor (16% vs. 13.8%), preeclampsia or gestational hypertension (8.8% vs. 4.6%), gestational diabetes (5.6% vs. 4.6%), and oligohydramnios (3.6% vs. 1.3%)
  • In a study where the Makena intramuscular injection was compared with placebo, the most common adverse reactions reported with Makena intramuscular injection (reported incidence in ≥2% of subjects and higher than in the control group) were: injection site reactions (pain [35%], swelling [17%], pruritus [6%], nodule [5%]), urticaria (12%), pruritus (8%), nausea (6%), and diarrhea (2%)
  • In studies where the Makena subcutaneous injection using auto-injector was compared with Makena intramuscular injection, the most common adverse reaction reported with Makena Auto-Injector use (and higher than with Makena intramuscular injection) was injection site pain (10% in one study and 34% in another)

You may report an adverse event related to AMAG Pharmaceuticals' products by calling 1-877-411-2510 or emailing amag@druginfo.com. If you prefer, you may contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directly at fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Dosing and Administration

Dosing and administration process for Makena

Begin once-weekly (every 7 days) injections of Makena between weeks 160 and 206. Continue until 37 weeks (last injection as late as week 366) or delivery, whichever occurs first.1

Makena can either be administered:

  • In the healthcare provider’s office, or
  • At home during a home healthcare visit (if covered by the patient’s insurance)
Makena dosing schedule
Makena dosing schedule

Makena is given by a healthcare provider either1:

Subcutaneous auto-injector icon
Subcutaneously via an auto-injector to the back of the upper arm
Learn how to administer the Makena subcutaneous auto-injector

Learn how to administer the Makena subcutaneous auto‑injector

 

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Intramuscular injection option for Makena
Intramuscularly in the upper-outer quadrant of the gluteus maximus
Learn how to administer Makena intramuscularly

See how to administer Makena intramuscularly

 

To help make patients comfortable1:

  • Set expectations with the patient prior to the injection about the potential for adverse events
  • Rotate the injection site each week

Do not use in areas where skin is tender, bruised, red, scaly, raised, thick, or hard. Avoid areas with scars, tattoos, or stretch marks.1

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