You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to somatrem or if you have cancer or a growing tumor. This medicine is usually mixed with Bacteriostatic Water for Injection. You should not use Bacteriostatic Water for Injection if you have had an allergic reaction to benzyl alcohol.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin, into a muscle, or into a vein.
You may need to use this medicine for a long time, until you reach your final height and stop growing.
You may see small specks or particles in the mixed medicine after it has been refrigerated. This is not unusual and the medicine can still be used.
A nurse or other caregiver trained to give injections will give your treatment.
Sometimes you or a family member can be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving an injection.
This medicine is a powder that must be mixed with a special liquid before it is given. You should receive instructions on how to mix the medicine before injecting it. Follow these instructions carefully.
The liquid usually used to mix with the powder contains benzyl alcohol. If you are allergic to benzyl alcohol, you may need to mix the powder with sterile water instead. Discuss this with your doctor.
Always wipe the top of the medicine bottle with an alcohol pad before each use.
To add the liquid to the powder, inject the water into the Protropin® vial, aiming the stream of liquid against the glass wall of the vial.
After the liquid is added to the powder, gently swirl the medicine inside the bottle. Do not shake the bottle.
Stick the needle into the rubber stopper at the top of the Protropin® vial. With the needle still stuck in the bottle, turn the bottle upside down and hold it at eye level.
Pull the plunger until it lines up with the number of your dose on the side of the syringe.
Gently tap the syringe with your finger to make any air bubbles float to the top of the syringe, just under the needle. Push the plunger in just enough so that the air bubbles go up into the bottle, and pull enough medicine back down into the syringe to make the correct dose.
Use a new syringe for each shot. Never share syringes, needles, or medicine with anyone else.
If a dose is missed:
Use your medicine as soon as possible unless it is almost time for your next dose.
Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
Do not give two doses at the same time or give two shots in one day.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
Talk to your doctor before you use somatrem if you have thyroid problems, diabetes, or scoliosis (abnormal curve of the spine)
Make sure your doctor knows if you have ever had cancer, a tumor, or any other disease in the brain or head.
Very rarely, a person using somatrem develops a resistance to the medicine, and the medicine stops working. If you think growth has slowed down too much, talk to your doctor.
If you become ill or are in an accident and are placed in an intensive care unit, be sure the doctor knows you are using this medicine. The doctor may want to stop treating you with somatrem until you get better.
A few patients treated with growth hormones have developed leukemia. It is not known if growth hormone causes leukemia. If you have any questions about the risks and benefits of treatment, talk with your doctor.