Drug information provided by: Merative, 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:
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.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of somatropin in children.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of somatropin in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more sensitive to the effects of somatropin and are more likely to have unwanted effects, which may require an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving somatropin.
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.
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.
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:
Allergy to benzyl alcohol or
Allergy to metacresol or
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 (eg, open heart surgery, abdominal surgery, accidental trauma, or respiratory failure)—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
Cancer, 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
Scoliosis (abnormally curved spine)—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
Diabetes, or a family history of—Use with caution. May prevent insulin or other drugs for diabetes from working properly.
Turner syndrome—Use with caution. May increase risk of having serious problems (eg, pancreas, thyroid, or heart and blood vessel problems, ear or hearing disorders, diabetes, increased pressure in the head, and bone problems such as dislocation in the hip bone or scoliosis).