Proper Use

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Your doctor will prescribe your child's exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your child's skin. This medicine must not be injected into a vein or muscle.

Some medicines given by injection may sometimes be given at home to patients who do not need to be in the hospital. If you are using this medicine at home, your doctor will teach you how to prepare and inject the medicine. You will have a chance to practice preparing and injecting it. Be sure that you understand exactly how the medicine is to be prepared and injected.

It is important to read the patient information and instructions for use, if provided with your medicine, each time your prescription is filled.

This medicine must be taken 20 minutes before or 20 minutes after a snack or meal. Never let your child skip a meal once your child received this medicine.

Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject the medicine to your child.

It is important to follow any instructions from your doctor about the careful selection and rotation of injection sites (e.g., upper arms, thighs, buttocks, or abdomen) on your body. This will help to prevent skin problems.

Do not use the medicine if it looks cloudy or has particles in it.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For injection dosage form:
    • For treatment of growth failure caused by IGF-1 deficiency:
      • Children 2 years of age and older—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The starting dose is 0.04 to 0.08 milligram (mg) per kg (0.018 to 0.036 mg per lb) of body weight injected under the skin two times a day. Your doctor may then increase the dose, if needed.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

You may keep the opened vial in the refrigerator. Use it within 30 days after opening. Throw away any unused medicine after 30 days. Do not freeze the solution and protect it from direct heat and light.

Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.