The following information is the translation of the manufacturer's insert-
it is provided under the supplying company's terms and conditions and should not
replace the advice of your personal physician.
Genotropin growth hormone cartridge 7 cartridges × 0.2mg
The Genotropin MiniQuick comes in a cartridge. The
cartridge has two sections. One contains powder and the other contains liquid.
The powder section contains the active ingredient called somatropin (rbe): labelled
*rbe because it is not made from human or animal tissue. The cartridge contains
0.2mg of somatropin. The powder also contains some other ingredients, glycine,
mannitol (E421), sodium dihydrogen phosphate anhydrous, and disodium phosphate
anhydrous. The liquid contains water for injection and mannitol (E421).
mixed together, the powder and liquid make 0.25ml of solution for injection.
somatropin in Genotropin is the same as natural human growth hormone. This hormone
is needed for bones and muscles to grow. It helps your fat and muscle tissues
to develop in the right amounts. The Genotropin helps for:
you are not growing properly and do not have enough of your own growth hormone.
Your muscles and bones develop to a more normal size.
· If you have
turner syndrome or kidney failure (Turner syndrome is a chromosomal syndrome-your
Growth Hormone Specialist will have told you if you have this. If you have kidney
failure, it is important to keep taking the other medicines your doctor has given
· If you have Prader-Willi Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder, growth
hormone will help you taller if you are still growing, and also improve your body
· If you were small at birth, it can also help you grow
taller if you have not been able to catch up or maintain normal growth by four
years of age or later.
· The adults who do not have enough of their
own growth hormone.
Do not take Genotropin in
the following circumstances:
· Genotropin cannot help you to grow
after the "growth plates" In your main bones have closed together. This
is when people stop growing. Your Growth Hormone Specialist can test when this
has happened, usually at end of your teenage years.
· Genotropin should
generally not be used by people who are seriously ill (e.g. If you have ever been
involved in a serious accident or have ever had problems with your breathing).
If you are about to have or have had a large operation, (e.g. open heart surgery
or stomach surgery), or go into hospital for any reason, tell your Growth Hormone
Specialist and remind the other doctor you are seeing that you use growth hormone.
· If you have Prader-Willi syndrome and are severely overnight or have
· If you have had cancer, you must finish your
other treatment before you use Genotropin. Your Growth Hormone Specialist must
be quite sure.
· If you are hypersensitive (allergic) to somatropin
or any of the other ingredients of Genotropin.
You must tell your Growth Hormone
· If you have Prader- Willi Syndrome, your doctor will give
you diet restrictions to follow.
· If treatment is for children who
were small at birth, your Growth Hormone Specialist may need to perform some tests
before you start Genotropin.
· It is not recommended to start treatment
near onset of puberty.
· If you are pregnant, as you must not start
using Genotropin. Stop using it if you get pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
Also make sure your Growth Hormone Specialist knows if you are breast feeding
before you start using this medicine.
· If you have diabetes. You may
need to change the dose of your diabetic treatment.
· If you are taking
any other medicines, especially hormone replacement therapy, including thyroid
hormone, steroids, anti-seizure medication or cyclosporine.
· If you
have ever had problems with growth hormone treatment in the past.
If you are on a low sodium diet before using it, as this product contains a very
small amount of sodium.
In adults, as well as children, Genotropin can also
be administered by using ZIPTIP, a jet injection device without use of a needle.
The instruction for use of this device is enclosed in the ZIPTIP package. The
device can be obtained from Pfizer.
It is important that a Growth Hormone
Specialist supervises your treatment and gives you regular medical checks. This
may mean you have to have blood tests. Your Growth Hormone Specialist may check:
That your body keeps a normal amount of sugar in the blood. Tell your doctor if
you start to pass large amounts of urine and are especially thirsty. Also let
them know if you often feel tired, hungry and have lost a lot of weight.
That your body has the right level of thyroid hormones. Let them know if you start
to feel tired, listless or depressed, if you put on weight, are constipated, or
if you get ahoarse4 voice or unusually dry skin and hair. This might mean that
your thyroid gland is becoming underactive. You should also tell your Growth Hormone
Specialist if you start to feel more hungry than usual, eat more but still lose
weight, shake or dislike being in hot places and sweat more. This could mean that
your thyroid gland is becoming overactive.
· Your eyes during your treatment
if you have very bad headaches, eyesight problems or feel, or actually are, sick.
Growth Hormone Specialist will keep a close eye on you during your growth hormone
treatment. You may have to have tests if you have ever had cancer or leukaemia
in case it comes back. It is also important to tell your Growth Hormone Specialist
if you walk with a limp, or if you start to limp during your growth hormone treatment.
Your dose depends on your size, the condition for which
you are being treated and how well growth hormone works for you. Everyone is different.
Always stick to the dose you have been told by your Growth Hormone Specialist.
These MiniQuick cartridges each have every thing you need for a single injection
of growth hormone.
You should have already been shown how to inject Genotropin
under your skin by your Growth Hormone Specialist or nurse at your clinic. Follow
their instructions exactly. If you can not remember what to do, do not try to
do your injection. Ask your Growth Hormone Specialist or nurse to show you again.
Some people get a temporary reddening or itshiness their skin
where they do their injections.
Some people get puffy finger or swollen
ankles, staff joints, pins-and -needles, joint or muscle pains for a short time
at the Start of their treatment.
If you notice these or any other side-effects
while you are using Genotropin, tell your Growth Hormone Specialist.
not use any of your Genotropin alter the expiry date on the pack.
your growth hormona at room temperature (at or below 25 degrees Celsius).
should also make sure to keep the container in the outer carton in order to project
Do not freeze.
Keep your Growth Hormone out of the reach
and sight of children.
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