Somatropin

Where is Somatropin used?

Somatropin is a prescription medicine man-made growth hormone used for the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Growth failure­
  • Short bowel syndrome ­
  • HIV-related weight loss or wasting 

This medication may also be used to increase height in children with certain disorders such as:

  • Idiopathic short stature ­
  • Turner syndrome­
  • Noonan syndrome

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How does Somatropin work?

The growth hormone just like this drug is a protein hormone of around 190 amino acids. It is secreted and synthesized by cells known as somatotrophs in the anterior pituitary. It is a major contributor to the control of numerous complex physiologic processes which include metabolism and growth.

Growth is a very difficult procedure. It needs the coordinated action of some hormones. The main part of growth hormone in stimulating body development is to stimulate certain other tissues as well as the liver to discharge IGF-I. It stimulates the production of chondrocytes. Wherein, it results in bone growth. The growth hormone seems to have a direct result on bone development in stimulating the difference of chondrocytes. IGF-I appears as well to be the main participant in muscle development. It stimulates both the proliferation and differentiation of myoblasts. It also stimulates protein synthesis uptake and amino acid in muscle.  

How to use Somatropin?

Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Somatropin is injected into a muscle or under the skin. You may be shown how to use injections at home. If you do not fully understand how to give the injection, do not self-inject this medicine. Properly dispose of used needles and syringes. Each time you give the injection use a different place on your body. Your doctor will let you know the best places on your body to inject the medication. You should not inject in the same place 2 times in a row. You should also not inject this medicine into skin or muscle that is sore, red, injured, or infected. 

Use a gentle swirling motion when mixing Somatropin with a diluent. If it has changed colors or has particles in it do not use the medication. Use a disposable needle only once.  

What are the possible side effects of Somatropin?

  • Muscle pain
  • Swelling
  • Pain in your legs or arms
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Injection site reactions such as redness, soreness, swelling, bruising, itching, or pain

What are the precautions are using Somatropin?

  • Before using Somatropin, tell your doctor if you use insulin or take oral medications to treat diabetes. This drug may affect blood sugar levels and you may need to adjust your dose of the diabetes medication. 
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose. Call your doctor if you miss more than 3 doses in a row. 
  • Avoid drinking soda beverages or fruit juices while having this medication. Avoid also drinking alcohol. It could make your condition worse and may irritate your stomach. 
  • Call for medical help if you have any signs of overdose. 
  • Tell your doctor about all other medications you use especially birth control pills, seizure medication, or hormone replacement medications for men or women.