Genotropin (wikipedia) is a form of human growth hormone, which is very important for the growth of muscles and bones.
It is used to treat growth failure in adults and children who has a lacks of natural growth hormone. This includes people with short stature due to Prader-Willi syndrome, Turner syndrome, and short stature at birth with no catch-up growth and any other causes.
This medicine can also be used for purposes that are not listed in this medication guides.
Generic name: somatropin (of: soe ma TROE pin).
Brand name: Humatrope, Genotropin, Nutropin AQ NuSpin 10, Norditropin FlexPro Pen, Saizen, Zorbtive, Omnitrope, Zomacton, Serostim.
Drug class: Growth hormones.
You should not use Genotropin if you have diabetic retinopathy, cancer or have severe breathing problems or if you are overweight and you are being treated for Prader-Willi syndrome. You should not use Genotropin if you have a serious illness due to any kind of lung failures or complications from recent injury, surgery or any medical trauma.
Before taking this Genotropin
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to benzyl alcohol or Genotropin or if you have:
- active cancer;
- a serious illness due to lung failures or complications from recent injury, surgery, or medical trauma;
- eye problems caused by diabetes (diabetic retinopathy);
- you are overweight and you are being treated for Prader-Willi syndrome or have severe breathing problems (example sleep apnea).
Also, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- cancer (especially during childhood);
- a pituitary gland disorder;
- breathing problems, sleep apnea;
- underactive thyroid;
- abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis);
- childhood brain cancer and radiation treatment;
- a head injury or brain tumor.
In some cases, you cannot Genotropin medicines use in a child. Certain brands of somatropin contain ingredients that can cause serious side effects or death in premature babies or very young infants. Do not give genotropin to children without medical advice.
You have to tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.
How should I use Genotropin?
Brand of somatropin, dose you take and the quantity will depend on the condition you are treating. You must read all instruction sheets with medication guides and follow all directions on your prescription label. Use it exactly as directed.
Genotropin is injected under the skin or into a muscle. A healthcare provider will teach you how to use it by yourself.
Read and carefully follow any instructions for proper use provided in your medicine box. Do not use medicines if you do not understand all provided instructions. Ask pharmacist or your doctor if you have any questions.
Prepare and use your injection only when you are ready to take it, do not shake it. Do not use it if it looks cloudy, has changed color, or you see particles in it. In that case, call your pharmacist for new one.
If your medicine comes with a cartridge, syringe, or injection pen, use only that device to take your medicine.
Follow diet plan created just for you by your nutrition counselor or doctor to control your conditions.
You may need frequent medical tests.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You must use the medicine as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose skip the missed dose. Do not use 2 doses at one time.
Call your doctor for a consultation if you miss more than three doses in a row.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention. Overdose can cause shaking or tremor, increased hunger, cold sweats, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, nausea and fast heartbeat..
Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction:
- difficult breathing;
- swelling of your face, tongue, lips, or throat.
Some serious breathing problems may occur in patients with Prader-Willi syndrome using Genotropin.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- ear pain, swelling, warmth, or drainage;
- pain in your knees or hips, walking with a limp;
- severe swelling or puffiness in your hands and feet;
- numbness or tingling in your wrist, hand, or fingers;
- vision problems, unusual headaches;
- changes in the shape or size of a mole;
- changes in behavior;
- pain or swelling in your joints;
- high blood sugar – increased thirst, dry mouth, increased urination, fruity breath odor;
- pancreatitis – severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, vomiting and nausea;
- signs of an adrenal gland problem – extreme severe dizziness, weakness, changes in skin color, weight loss, feeling very weak or tired.
- increased pressure inside the skull – severe headaches, dizziness, ringing in your ears, vision problems, nausea, pain behind your eyes.
Common side effects may include:
- itching, pain, or skin changes where the medicine was injected;
- muscle or joint pain;
- numbness or tingling;
- swelling, rapid weight gain;
- headache, back pain;
- stomach pain, gas;
- cold or flu symptoms, sneezing, stuffy nose, ear pain, sore throat.
What other drugs will affect Genotropin?
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines you take, especially:
- birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy;
- oral diabetes medicine or insulin;
- a steroid (dexamethasone, prednisone, methylprednisolone, and others).
The list of medicines is not complete. Other drugs may affect you while taking Genotropin, including over-the-counter medicines and prescription, herbal products and vitamins.