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

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

  • Store this medication in the refrigerator as directed.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Do not use this if the solution is cloudy.

  • Symptoms of overdose may include headache; nausea; vomiting; and bloating or swelling of ankles, feet, or hands.

How To Use
  • This medication is given by injection into a muscle or 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.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.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.

  • 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 in large amounts (more than 100 mg/kg daily) to an infant during the first months of life (neonatal period).
  • The risk is also greater with low birth weight infants.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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