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Brand name: Genotropin

Genotropin is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) somatropin. On this page you will find out more about Genotropin, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: somatropin

Over 65 years of age?

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.

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Genotropin (1 x 12 mg cartridge, 1 x 1 mL inert diluent cartridge), 1 pack

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Short stature due to decreased or failed secretion of pituitary growth hormone. 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 then 2.5 nanogram/mL. Growth disturbances associated with gonadal dysgenesis (Turner's syndrome). Improvement of body composition and treatment of short stature associated with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) in paediatric patients. For treatment of growth disturbance in children with chronic renal insufficiency whose height is on or less than twenty-fifth percentile and whose growth velocity is on or less than twenty-fifth percentile for bone age. Chronic renal insufficiency is defined as glomerular filtration rate of less that 50 mL / min / 1.73 m2.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Medicine schedule
1: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
5: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
Part 1
Part 1
Visual appearance No information available
Dosage Form Diluent, not applicable
Route of administration Subcutaneous
Part 2
Part 2
Visual appearance unreconstituted Sterile white lyophilised powder in the front compartment of a two-compartment glass cartridge; clear, colourless liquid in rear compartment. reconstituted The reconstituted solution is almost colourless and can be slightly opalescent
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Subcutaneous

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Cartridge
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light,Do not Freeze,Refrigerate
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

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