Before Using

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of somatropin injection in children with growth hormone deficiency.

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of somatropin injection in children with short bowel syndrome. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of somatropin injection in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more sensitive to the effects of somatropin, which may require an adjustment of dosage in patients receiving somatropin injection.

Pregnancy

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Pregnancy Category Explanation
All Trimesters C Animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

Breastfeeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Brain tumor or
  • Cancer, active or
  • Closed epiphyses (normal bone growth stopped) in children or
  • Diabetic retinopathy (eye condition) or
  • Prader-Willi syndrome (a genetic disorder), if severely overweight or have severe breathing problems or
  • Severe illness after surgery or major medical emergency (e.g., open heart surgery, abdominal surgery, accidental trauma, or respiratory failure)—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Cancer, history of or
  • Fluid retention, history of or
  • Hypopituitarism (pituitary gland produces low hormone levels) or
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland) or
  • Otitis media (ear infection) in children, history of or
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation or swelling of the pancreas) or
  • Scoliosis (abnormally curved spine)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Diabetes, or a family history of—Use with caution. May prevent insulin from working properly. .
  • Kidney disease—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.
  • Turner syndrome—May increase risk of having thyroid and hearing problems.