What is Genotropin?
Genotropin (somatropin) is a growth hormone used to help children grow taller and help adults and children grow muscle. Genotropin is slightly more popular than other recombinant human growth hormones. There are currently no generic alternatives to Genotropin.
Genotropin is a recombinant human growth hormone (also called somatropin). Somatropin has the same structure as natural human growth hormone which is needed for bones and muscles to grow. It also helps your fat and muscle tissues to develop in the right amounts. It is recombinant meaning it is not made from human or animal tissue.
Genotropin During Pregnancy
Genotropin should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Uses of Genotropin
Genotropin is a prescription medication used in the treatment of growth hormone deficiency in children and adults due to several different medical conditions, growth failure associated with Turner syndrome in children, growth failure associated with Prader-Willi syndrome in children, short stature of unknown cause in children, growth failure in small for gestational age (SGA) children, and both adult-onset and childhood-onset hypopituitarism.
Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group
Pharmacia and Upjohn Company
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
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.
This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
Before taking Genotropin
You should not use Genotropin if you are allergic to Genotropin or benzyl alcohol, or if you have:
– a serious illness due to lung failure, or complications from recent surgery, injury, or medical trauma;
– active cancer;
– eye problems caused by diabetes (diabetic retinopathy); or
– you are being treated for Prader-Willi syndrome and you are overweight or have severe breathing problems (including sleep apnea).
Side Effects: Common side effects of Genotropin include:
pain in your arms or legs,
joint stiffness or pain,
cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat), or
injection site reactions (redness, soreness, swelling, rash, itching, pain, or bruising).
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