Somatropin, rh-GH injection
What is this medicine?
SOMATROPIN (soe ma TROE pin) is a man-made growth hormone. Growth hormone helps children grow taller and helps adults and children grow muscle. It is used to treat many conditions of low growth hormone levels, growth failure, and short stature.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection under the skin or into a muscle. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
back curves to the side
changes in vision
ear pain or infection
lumpy, thinning skin at site where injected
pain in hip or knee
swelling of the feet or hands
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
bone or muscle pain
pain and swelling at site where injected
What may interact with this medicine?
female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills
medicines for diabetes
some medicines for seizures
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
If you are using this medicine at home, you will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
recent surgery or trauma
sleep apnea, loud snoring
an unusual or allergic reaction to somatropin, glycerin, benzyl alcohol, m-Cresol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor for regular check ups. You will need to have important lab work done while you are taking this medicine.
July 17, 2018