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Brand name: Saizen

Saizen is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) somatropin. On this page you will find out more about Saizen, 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

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Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Saizen (10 x 3 mg vials, 10 x 5 mL inert diluent vials), 1 pack

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

SAIZEN is indicated for:,1. Treatment of growth failure in children due to human growth hormone deficiency.,2. Treatment of growth failure in girls with gonadal dysgenesis (Turner syndrome), confirmed by chromosomal analysis.,3. Replacement therapy in adults with pronounced growth hormone deficiency as diagnosed in 2 different dynamic tests for growth hormone deficiency and defind by peak GH concentrations of less than 2.5 nanogram/ml. Adults must also fulfill the following criteria: Childhood onset: Patients who were diagnosed as growth hormone deficient during childhood, must be retested and their growth hormone deficiency confirmed before replacement therapy with SAIZEN is started. Adult onset: Patients must have growth hormone deficiency as a result of hypothalamic or pituitary disease and at least one other hormone deficiency diagnosed (except for prolactin) and adequate replacement therapy instituted, before replacement therapy using growth hormone may begin.,4. Treatment of growth disturbance (growth retardation) in pre-pubertal children due to chronic renal insufficiency (CRI).

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Medicine schedule
1 vial of powder - 3.33 mg with: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
10 vials of powder - each 3.33 mg with: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
1 vial of diluent - 5mL: Not scheduled. Not considered by committee
10 vials of diluent - each 5mL: Not scheduled. Not considered by committee
Part 1
Part 1
Visual appearance Diluent - Clear, colourless solution.
Dosage Form Diluent, not applicable
Route of administration Subcutaneous
Part 2
Part 2
Visual appearance Active - white lyophilised powder.
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Subcutaneous

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Do not Freeze,Refrigerate
Life time 2 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

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