Somatropin is the generic name of Omnitrope, which is a type of human growth hormone that is vital for developing bones and muscles. It is applied in treating growth defects in people who are deficient of the natural growth hormone due to: Turner syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, short stature since birth with no improved growth, and other types of diseases or syndromes.
Omnitrope is also used by people for other purposes not mentioned here. A person who has cancer, vision problems brought about by diabetes, undergoing treatment of Prade-Willi syndrome and overweight are not allowed to take this hormone. Also, those having critical breathing complications, possessing a critical illness caused by lung failure, surgery complications, injury and health trauma should not take Omnitrope.
Prior to receiving the hormone, inform your medical practitioner about your previous and current health conditions, especially important ones like allergic reactions, medical trauma, surgery, diabetes and carcinoma as well as breathing complications, liver or kidney illness, scoliosis, blood pressure problems, pancreatic problems, thyroid problems or brain illnesses. It is also important to tell the doctor about any prescriptions you’re currently using, such as diabetes pills or steroids.
You may experience symptoms such as quick and deep pain in your upper belly, nausea, vomiting and increased heartbeat. Other symptoms include raised thirst or frequent urination, loss of weight or eye problems. Call you medical practitioner immediately you experience any of the above symptoms.
Before consuming Omnitrope
Never take this medicine if you have the following conditions:
– You have an allergy towards Somatropin or benzyl alcohol.
– A critical disease caused by lung failure or surgery complications, an injury or any other medical trauma.
– Vision problems as a result of diabetes.
– Currently undergoing treatment for Prader-Willi syndrome, weight problems, and critical breathing disorders.
To ensure the medicine will not harm you, reveal to the doctor if you have any of these illnesses and conditions:
– Any type of Diabetes.
– Pituitary gland illness.
– Scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine).
– Thyroid problems.
– Previous head injury or brain growths.
– Any childhood radiation treatments due to a brain tumor or cancer.
It is important to tell your medical practitioner if you are pregnant or breastfeeding a child. Some types of Somatropin such as Genotropin, Omnitropin, Saizen, Serostim and Zorbtive, may not harm a fetus.
Others, however, like Humatrope, Norditropin, Nutropin and Tev-tropin, may or may not harm the fetus. There is not much proof on whether the Omnitrope hormone can pass on to the child via the mother’s breast milk. Consult your doctor to be safe.
Follow the doctor’s instructions to the letter. The dosage is dependent on the treatment. Do not overdose or under dose. Make sure to read your prescription label carefully.
The medicine is injected directly into a muscle or under the skin. Your doctor may train you on how to inject yourself at home. Avoid self-injection if you have not understood the process. After self-injection, dispose of the used syringes carefully.
The doctor will guide you on the best injection areas. Do not inject the medicine into the same body area more than once. Instead, inject it in a different place each time.
Unlike other medicines for Omnitrope, do not shake the medicine bottle, shaking will ruin it. Ready your dose only if you’re prepared to take the injection. Dispose of the medicine if its color is different or there are foreign materials in it. Go for a fresh dose. Also, dispose of any medicine left over beyond the expiration date stated on the label.
Do not use a disposable needle and syringe more than once. Dispose of them appropriately. Enquire from the pharmacist where to buy puncture-proof disposal bag and how to dispose of it. Keep out of reach of small children and household pets.
While undergoing Omnitrope treatment, you need periodic blood tests. Your growth changes and your vision will also be checked. The treatment process for a patient with Prader-Willi syndrome might also involve weight control.
A skipped dosage
Make sure you take any skipped medicine once you remember that you forgot to take it. If you remember it when it is almost time to consume your next dose, don’t take the missed dose. Do not overdose to make up for the one you missed. Tell your care provider if you skip atleast three doses consistently.
Overdose side effects include tremors, cold sweats, frequent hunger, migraine, feeling drowsy, feeling weak, dizziness, increased heartbeat, and nausea. Overgrowth can occur if overdosing becomes a habit. Look for medical attention immediately you have an overdose or contact Absolute Pharmacy.
Things to avoid while taking the medicine
Some people become allergic to Omnitrope. The allergy signs are hives, breathing problems, swelling of the face and mouthparts. Patients who have Prader-Willi symptoms that consume the medicine, may develop difficulty in breathing, coughs, or elevated snoring. Seek immediate medical assistance if any of the above problems occur.
Call your doctor also if you notice:
– Eye changes with a quick pain at the back of your eyes.
– Nausea and vomiting.
– Aches in the knees or hip region.
– Aches, swelling, warmth or drainage problems in the ear.
– A numb feeling or tingling in your arm and hand region.
– Pain in your upper belly that spreads to the back.
– Increase heartbeat.
– Raised blood sugar levels.
– Frequent thirst or urination.
– Hunger, a dried mouth or funny breath.
– A drowsy feeling and poor vision.
– Dry skin and decreased weight.
The following are some of the side effects associated.
– Aches in the muscles or joints.
– Swelling in different areas.
– Gaining weight.
– Itches, pain or skin alterations on the part where you have injected the medicine.
These are just some of the side effects. To know others, contact us for more details.
Omnitrope interaction with other medicines
It is very important for you to disclose any information about the current medication you’re taking, and the ones you cease or start to take during Omnitrope treatment. The drugs include:
– Birth control medication or hormone replacement treatment.
– Diabetes medication (oral or insulin shots).
– Steroids such as prednisone, dexamethasone, and methylprednisolone, just to name a few.
These are just some examples of the drugs. Other types of medicines may react with Omnitrope including prescription and OTC drugs, vitamin pills, and herbal medicine. You can research or ask for advice from your doctor on the other types of medicines that interact with Somatropin. For more information on the Omnitrope growth hormone, you can consult Absolute Pharmacy.