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Human Growth Hormone
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Human Growth Hormone Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

Genotropin Miniquick®; Genotropin®; Humatrope®; Norditropin NordiFlex®; Norditropin®; Nutropin AQ®; Nutropin®; Omnitrope®; Saizen®; Serostim®; Tev-Tropin®; Zorbtive®

Canadian Brand Names

Humatrope®; Nutropin®; Nutropin® AQ; Omnitrope®; Saizen®; Serostim®

Mexican Brand Names

Humatrope; Saizen; Serostim

Pharmacologic Category

Growth Hormone

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to human growth hormone or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Brain tumor, cancer, illness shortly after open heart or belly surgery, many injuries from an accident, lung disease, or sleep apnea.

How does it work?

• Growth hormone replaces the natural growth hormone in the body.

• Growth hormone helps improve absorption of nutrition and water.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

• Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Follow directions for storage.

• Protect from light.

• Do not use if solution changes color.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 15:45:10.0

Modified: 2010-04-07 11:11:53.0

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