Genotropin 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. This includes people with short stature due to Turner syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, short stature at birth with no catch-up growth, and other causes. Genotropin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
- 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.
- It 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.
- You may need frequent medical tests.
- Follow any diet plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor to help control your condition.
- How you store this medicine will depend on the Genotropin brand and the diluent you are using. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about proper storage of your medication.
- Throw away any Genotropin left over after the expiration date on the label has passed.
- Use a needle and syringe only once and then place them in a puncture-proof “sharps” container. Follow state or local laws about how to dispose of this container. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
- Pain, itching, or skin changes where the medicine was injected;
- Swelling, rapid weight gain;
- Muscle or joint pain;
- Numbness or tingling;
- Stomach pain, gas;
- Hheadache, back pain; or
- Vcold or flu symptoms, stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, ear pain.
Between uses, store your GENOTROPIN PEN 12 in the refrigerator at 2 to 8C (36F to 46F) in its protective case. Always remove the needle before storing it. Do not freeze. Protect from light. Discard the cartridge in your GENOTROPIN PEN 12 within 28 days after reconstitution (mixing of the growth hormone powder with the diluent) even if the cartridge is not empty.