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Human Growth Hormone

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Uses
Dosing
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Genotropin Miniquick®;Genotropin®;Humatrope®;Norditropin FlexPro®;Norditropin® NordiFlex®;Nutropin AQ Pen®;Nutropin AQ®;Nutropin AQ® NuSpinT;Nutropin®;Omnitrope®;Saizen®;Serostim®;Tev-Tropin®;Zorbtive®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Humatrope®;Nutropin®;Nutropin® AQ;Omnitrope®;Saizen®;Serostim®

    Uses
    • It is used to treat growth hormone deficiency.
    • It is used to treat short bowel syndrome.
    • It is used to help you gain weight.
    • Growth hormone replaces the natural growth hormone in the body.
    • Growth hormone helps the body take in good foods and water.
    • It raises body weight.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
    • Your doctor may teach you how to give the shot.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box and take the box back to your doctor when it is full.
    • Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Follow how to store closely.
    • Protect from light.
    • Do not use if solution changes color.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to human growth hormone or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Brain tumor, cancer, diabetic eye disease, illness shortly after open heart or belly surgery, many injuries from a crash, lung disease, or sleep apnea.

    Precautions

    • If you have a history of cancer, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with your doctor. You may be more sensitive to this drug.
    • If you are overweight, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Avoid beer, wine, or mixed drinks.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Swelling in the arms or legs.
    • Bone pain.
    • Muscle or joint pain.
    • Belly pain.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Irritation where the shot is given.
    • Irritated pancreas.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Sudden change in eyesight.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • More trips to the bathroom, more thirst, or weight loss.
    • Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.
    • Very bad swelling or pain of hands or feet.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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