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Somatropin - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Somatropin

Generic Name : Somatropin
Pronunciation : SOH mah troe pin
Latest prescription information about Somatropin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Growth Hormone
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Somatropin

India : 

International : 

Accretropin, Genotropin, Humatropeeli, Humatrope, Norditropin , Nutropin
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Why is Somatropin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a synthetic human growth hormone, prescribed for growth hormone deficiency and turner syndrome. It works by stimulating growth in patients who do not make enough natural growth hormone.
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When should Somatropin not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with cancer, premature epiphyseal closure, Prader-Willi syndrome (genetic disorder), obesity, breathing problem, diabetic retinopathy, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Somatropin?

SC- Growth hormone deficiency- Initial: 6 mcg/kg/day. May increase dose gradually. Max: 12.5 mcg/kg/day.
Turners syndrome: 0.14 IU/kg body weight / day.

How should Somatropin be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider under the skin.

What are the warnings and precautions for Somatropin?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of hormone problems, sugar, eye problems caused by diabetes, under active thyroid, cancer, kidney or liver disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Children with Prader-Willi syndrome may develop with increased risk of severe lung or breathing problem; if it is so consult with your doctor immediately.

Monitor blood sugar levels and thyroid function regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Somatropin?

Bruising, redness, bleeding, fluid retention, pain, itching,, rash, swelling, nausea, headache, pancreatitis, fatigue and scoliosis.

What are the other precautions for Somatropin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Somatropin?

Store it in refrigerator (2 to 8 C). After reconstitution, the product is stable for 14 days refrigerated or for 24 hours at room temperature.



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