Valtropin

Drug List

Valtropin

Drug Name

Valtropin (Somatropine)

Manufactured By

LG Life Sciences, Ltd.

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Used to treat growth failure in children and adults who lack natural growth hormone. This includes people with with chronic kidney failure, Noonan syndrome, Turner syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, short stature at birth with no catch-up growth, and other causes. Somatropin is also used to prevent severe weight loss in people with AIDS, or to treat short bowel syndrome.

How To Use

Your dose and brand of somatropin, and how often you give it will depend on what you are being treated for. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Somatropin is injected into a muscle or under the skin. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes. Your care provider will show you the best places on your body to inject somatropin. Use a different place each time you give an injection. Do not inject into the same place two times in a row. Do not shake the medication bottle or you may ruin the medicine. Prepare your dose only when you are ready to give an injection. Do not use if the medicine has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine. Use a disposable needle and syringe only once. Follow any state or local laws about throwing away used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets. While using somatropin, you may need frequent blood tests. Your growth progress will need to be tested often. Your eyes may also need to be checked. If you are being treated for short bowel syndrome, follow the diet plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor to help control your condition. Somatropin is not a cure for short bowel syndrome. If you have Prader-Willi syndrome, your treatment program may also include weight control. Follow your doctor's instructions very closely. If you use a form of somatropin that comes in a cartridge for use with an injection pen, use only the pen injection system provided with the somatropin brand you use.

Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Serious breathing problems may occur in patients with Prader-Willi syndrome who use somatropin. If you have Prader-Willi syndrome, call your doctor promptly if you develop signs of lung or breathing problems such as shortness of breath, coughing, or new or increased snoring. Also call your doctor at once if you have: * vision changes with sudden and severe pain behind your eyes and nausea or vomiting; * pain in your knees or hips, or walking with a limp; * ear pain, swelling, warmth, or drainage; * numbness or tingling in your wrist, hand, or fingers; * severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate; or * high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss. Common side effects may include: * swelling, rapid weight gain; * muscle or joint pain; * headache; or * pain, itching, or skin changes where the medicine was injected. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially: * birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy * insulin or oral diabetes medicine; or * steroid medicine (prednisone, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, and others). This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with somatropin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

In Case of Overdose

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose can cause tremors or shaking, cold sweats, increased hunger, headache, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, fast heartbeat, and nausea. Long-term overdose may cause excessive growth.

In Case of Missed Dose

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose. Call your doctor if you miss more than 3 doses in a row.

Storage

How you store this medicine will depend on what brand you are using and what diluent you are mixing somatropin with. After mixing somatropin, you may need to use it right away or you may be able to store it for later use. Read and carefully follow the instructions provided with your medicine about proper storage of somatropin before and after it has been mixed. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about proper storage of your medication. Throw away any somatropin left over after the expiration date on the label has passed.