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Somatrem injection
SOMATREM - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

SOMATREM - INJECTION

(SO-muh-trem)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Protropin

Uses

This medication is a growth hormone. It is used to stimulate growth in children who do not produce enough growth hormone of their own.

How To Use

This medication is given by injection into a muscle o under the skin. It is usually given three times a week. For best results, this medication must be given exactly as prescribed. Do not use more of this medication than prescribed or use it more often since the risk of side effects will be increased. It is important to understand your therapy and to follow your doctor's instructions closely. Be sure to ask your doctor any questions you may have.

Side Effects

Headache, fatigue or muscle pain may occur. If these symptoms continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: hip pain, knee pain, unusual weakness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

This medication is for use in children only. It should not be used in adults or during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you have a history of: tumors, other illnesses, allergies (especially to benzyl alcohol). A preservative (benzyl alcohol) which may be found in this product or in the liquid used to mix this product (diluent) can infrequently cause serious problems (sometimes death) if given by injection to an infant during the first months of life (neonatal period). The risk is greater with lower birth weight infants and is greater with increased amounts of benzyl alcohol. Symptoms include sudden gasping, low blood pressure, or a very slow heartbeat. Report these symptoms to the doctor immediately should they occur. If possible, a preservative-free product should be used when treating neonates.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include headache; nausea; vomiting; and bloating or swelling of ankles, feet, or hands.

Notes

Laboratory tests will be done routinely while taking this medication to evaluate its effectiveness and prevent side effects. Keep all doctor's appointments and laboratory visits so your therapy can be monitored closely. It may be necessary to see your doctor several times a week.

Missed Dose

It is important to use each dose at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor who will help establish a new dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store this medication in the refrigerator as directed. Do not freeze. Do not use this if the solution is cloudy. Properly discard of any unused medication after the expiration date marked on the label.