Active ingredients: somatropin
What it is used for
Children:Treatment of growth failure in children due to pituitary growth hormone deficiency. Treatment of growth failure in girls due to gonadal dysgenesis (Turner's Syndrome). Treatment of growth failure in children due to chronic renal insufficiency whose height is on or less than the twenty-fifth percentile and whose growth velocity is on or less than the twenty-fifth percentile for bone age. Chronic renal insufficiency is defined as glomerular filtration rate of less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m2. Treatment of severe growth failure due to intrauterine growth retardation (i.e., children born small for gestational age (birth weight and/or length < -2 SD) without spontaneous catch up growth by 2 years of age). Adults: Treatment of adults with severe growth hormone deficiency as diagnosed in the insulin tolerance test for growth hormone deficiency and defined by peak growth hormone concentrations of less than 2.5 nanogram/mL. In order to establish Childhood Onset [CO] growth hormone insufficiency, reconfirmation by one provocative test is recommended. In order to establish isolated growth hormone deficiency two provocative tests are recommended. In adults, the insulin tolerance test is the provocative test of choice. When the insulin tolerance test is contraindicated, alternative provocative tests must be used. The combined arginine or the glucagon test may also be considered; however these tests have less established diagnostic value than the insulin tolerance test.
How to take it
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- The way to take this medicine: Subcutaneous
- Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
- See Product information for shelf life
- Lifetime is 2 Years.
Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
Colourless solution for injection in Type I glass cartridge with bromobutyl plunger, aluminium cap, and bromobutyl / polyisoprene rubber cap, pre-sealed into disposable plastic syringes with dial-a-dose metering
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4: Prescription Only Medicine.
Is this medicine subsidised?
This medicine may be subsidised which may make it cheaper. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.
This medicine contains the active ingredients:
If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.
Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?
For the active ingredient somatropin
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