Sometimes people’s bodies don’t produce enough growth hormone on their own. This is called growth hormone deficiency. When this happens, both children and adults may be treated with man-made growth hormone called recombinant human growth hormone. This hormone is identical to the growth hormone that human bodies make.
Somatropin 191aa (somatropin [rDNA origin] injection) is one of these therapies, and it’s often prescribed for several growth-related conditions. It’s used to:
- Treat children with growth failure caused by growth hormone deficiency.
- Help children who have short stature caused by Noonan Syndrome or Turner Syndrome
- Help children of short stature who were born small for their gestational age and didn’t catch up in growth by age 2-4
- Replace growth hormone in adults whose bodies don’t produce enough
Growth hormone has an important job.
What is growth hormone? The role of growth hormone is to tell organs, tissues, and other parts of the body to grow. Knowing exactly how it functions in the body will help you understand the mechanics of treatment with Somatropin 191aa.
What about safety?
The safety of your child is always foremost in your mind. The safety profile of Somatropin 191aa has been established in many clinical studies. We’ve got the information you need on safety, side effects, and risk factors.
What to expect.
Of course you’re curious about what’s next — how soon you might see the therapy begin to take effect, how much growth you might expect, and how long the treatment will last. The answers to these questions will vary depending on several factors specific to your family. We’ll explain what these are so you can set reasonable expectations and goals.
A proven history.
We’re no newcomer to the world of growth hormone replacement therapy. Canada Peptides has been helping patients with growth-related hormone disorders around the world for 10 years, and Somatropin has been FDA-approved in the United States since 1995. Find quick facts about our history, milestones, and our commitment to the growth hormone therapy community.
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For questions about your prescription, please contact your health care provider.
Important Safety Information
Do not use Somatropin 191aa (somatropin [rDNA origin] injection) if: you have a critical illness caused by certain types of heart or stomach surgery, trauma or breathing (respiratory) problems; you are a child with Prader-Willi syndrome who is severely obese or has breathing problems including sleep apnea; you have cancer or other tumors; your healthcare provider tells you that you have certain types of eye problems caused by diabetes; you are a child with closed bone growth plates (epiphyses) or you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the medicine.
Before you take Somatropin 191aa tell your healthcare provider if you: have diabetes; had cancer or any tumor; have any other medical condition; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant; are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
Somatropin 191aa can cause serious side effects, including: high risk of death in people who have critical illnesses because of heart or stomach surgery, trauma or serious breathing (respiratory) problems; high risk of death in children with Prader-Willi syndrome who are severely obese or have breathing problems including sleep apnea; return of tumor or cancerous growths; high blood sugar (hyperglycemia); increase in pressure in the skull (intracranial hypertension); swollen hands and feet due to fluid retention; decrease in thyroid hormone levels; hip and knee pain or a limp in children (slipped capital femoral epiphysis); worsening of pre-existing curvature of the spine (scoliosis); middle ear infection, hearing problems or ear problems in patients with Turner syndrome.
Patients with Noonan syndrome and Turner syndrome should be closely monitored by their doctors as they are more likely to have congenital heart disease.
The most common side effects of Somatropin 191aa include: headaches, muscle pain, joint stiffness, high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), sugar in your urine (glucosuria), swollen hands and feet due to fluid retention, and redness and itching in the area you inject. If you have headaches, eye problems, nausea or vomiting (these may be symptoms of raised pressure in the brain), contact your healthcare provider right away.
Somatropin 191aa may affect how other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Somatropin 191aa works so be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take: glucocorticoid medication, thyroid hormone, insulin or other medicine for diabetes, medicines that are metabolized by the liver (e.g., corticosteroids, sex steroids, anticonvulsants, cyclosporine), or oral estrogen replacement medicine.
Indications and Usage
Somatropin 191aa (somatropin [rDNA origin] injection) is used to treat: children who have growth failure because of low or no growth hormone; children who are short (in stature) and who have Noonan syndrome or Turner syndrome; children who are short (in stature) because they were born small (small for gestational age-SGA) and have not caught-up in growth by age 2 to 4 years; and adults who do not make enough growth hormone.
Somatropin 191aa is a prescription medication.
Talk to your healthcare provider and find out if Somatropin 191aa is right for you or your child.