Genotropin For Injection
Genotropin (somatropin) is a form of human growth hormone important for the growth of bones and muscles. Genotropin is used to treat growth failure in children and adults who lack natural growth hormone. Somatotropin is a synthetic growth hormone. Growth hormone is produced naturally by the pituitary gland and is necessary to stimulate the growth of children. Genotropin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I use Genotropin?
Your dose and brand of somatropin, and how often you use it will depend on the condition you are treating. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Genotropin is injected into a muscle or under the skin. A healthcare provider can teach you how to properly use the medication by yourself.
Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Do not use Genotropin if you don’t understand all instructions for proper use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.
Prepare your injection only when you are ready to give it. Do not shake the medicine. Do not use if the medicine looks cloudy, has changed colors, or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.
If your medicine comes with a syringe, cartridge, or injection pen, use only that device to give your medicine.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet that may come with your brand of this medication provided by your pharmacist before you start using somatropin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group
Pharmacia and Upjohn Company
You should not use Genotropin if you have cancer, diabetic retinopathy, or if you are being treated for Prader-Willi syndrome and you are overweight or have severe breathing problems. You should not use this medicine if you have a serious illness due to lung failure or complications from recent surgery, injury, or medical trauma.
Before taking Genotropin
You should not use Genotropin if you are allergic to Genotropin or benzyl alcohol, or if you have:
– a serious illness due to lung failure, or complications from recent surgery, injury, or medical trauma;
– active cancer;
– eye problems caused by diabetes (diabetic retinopathy); or
– you are being treated for Prader-Willi syndrome and you are overweight or have severe breathing problems (including sleep apnea).
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
– cancer (especially during childhood);
– breathing problems, sleep apnea;
– a pituitary gland disorder;
– abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis);
– underactive thyroid;
– a head injury or brain tumor; or
– childhood brain cancer and radiation treatment.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Serious breathing problems may occur in patients with Prader-Willi syndrome who use Genotropin. If you have Prader-Willi syndrome, call your doctor promptly if you develop signs of lung or breathing problems such as shortness of breath, coughing, or new or increased snoring.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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