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Name of the generic: somatropin Brand names include: Genotropin, Humatrope, Norditropin flexpro Pen, Nutropin AQ nuspin 10, Omnitrope,… Show the nine names of the brands.
Drug class: growth hormones

What is Serostim?

Serostim is a form of the human growth hormone vital for the development of muscles and bones.

Serostim can also be used by adult patients to manage symptoms of short bowel syndrome as well as to stop extreme weight loss due to AIDS.Serostim can be used for other purposes not mentioned in this medication guide.

Side effects of Serostim

See a doctor immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms or warning signs of allergic reactions, such as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue.

The development of serious breathing issues can be seen in patients suffering from Prader-Willi syndrome who are taking serostim. If you suffer from Prader-Willi syndrome, consult your doctor immediately if you notice signs of breathing problems, like shortness of breath or coughing. You may also experience an increase in or new snoring.

Make sure that if you suspect or experience:

  • Discomfort in your knees or hips, walking with the feeling of limping;
  • Ear pain, swelling, drainage, or warmth
  • Tingling or numbness in your hand, wrist, or fingers
  • Extreme swelling or puffiness in your feet or hands;
  • Changes in behavior;
  • Eye problems, unusual headaches;
  • Changes in the shape and dimensions of moles
  • Discomfort or swelling within your joint;
  • Pancreatitis: severe discomfort in your stomach that spreads into your lower back; vomiting along with nausea;
  • Blood sugar levels are high—increased thirst, more frequent urinary frequency, dry mouth, and fruity breath smell;
  • An increase in pressure within the skull, causing severe headaches, ringing of your ears, nausea, dizziness, and vision problems, or headaches behind your eyes or
  • Indications of adrenal gland problems: extreme weakness, extreme dizziness, weight loss, or changes in skin color; being extremely fatigued or weak.

Common adverse effects of serostim could include:

  • Itching, itching, or skin changes after the medicine was injected
  • Swelling rapidly, gaining weight;
  • Muscles or joint discomfort;
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Stomach pain, gas;
  • Headache, back pain,
  • Cold as well as influenza symptoms include nasal stuffiness, sneezing, a sore throat, and ear pain.

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Other side effects could occur. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


You shouldn't take Serostim in the event of cancer, diabetic retinopathy, or being treated for the Prader-Willi syndrome, or if you are overweight or suffer from severe breathing issues. It is not recommended to use Serostim if you suffer from serious health issues caused by lung problems or the result of or complications from recent surgery, injury, or medical injuries.

Prior to use this drug

You shouldn't take Serostim in the event that you are allergic to Serostim or benzyl alcohol or suffer from:

  • An illness of serious concern caused by lung failure or complications resulting from an injury, surgery, or medical trauma
  • Epiphyses closed;
  • Active cancer
  • Eye issues result from the condition of diabetes (diabetic retinopathy).
  • You are being treated for Prader-Willi syndrome, and you're obese or suffer from severe breathing issues (including sleep apnea).

Inform your doctor if you were ever diagnosed with:

  • Cancer (especially in the early years of childhood);
  • Diabetes;
  • Breathing issues sleep apnea; breathing problems (breathing ceases during sleep);
  • A pituitary gland disease;
  • The spine has a curvature that is abnormal (scoliosis);
  • Thyroid that is not active;
  • A head injury or brain tumor;
  • Childhood brain cancer in children and treatment with radiation

In certain instances, serostim should not be used by a child. Certain types of somatropin contain a chemical that can trigger severe side effects or even death in infants or premature infants. Don't give the medication to a child unless you have medical guidance.

Consult a healthcare provider if breastfeeding or pregnant.

How to take Serostim?

The dosage, the brand of somatropin, and the frequency depend on the illness you're treating. Follow the instructions on the prescription label and go through all medication guides and instructions sheets. Follow the medication exactly as prescribed.

Serostim is administered to muscles or beneath the skin. Healthcare professionals can instruct you on how to correctly make use of the drug yourself.Don't inject subcutaneously (under the skin) in the same spot twice in a row.

Take note of and follow the instructions for use that come along with your medication. Do not take Serostim when you are not able to understand the complete instructions to use it correctly. Consult your physician or pharmacist for any concerns.

Only prepare your injection once you are ready to administer it. Don't shake the medication. Avoid using it when the medicine appears cloudy, changes color, or has particles. Consult your pharmacist about the latest medication.If your medication comes with a cartridge, syringe, or injection pen, you should use only the device that you purchased to administer your medication.It is possible that you will require regular medical tests.

Follow any diet plan developed by your physician or nutrition counselor to manage your health issues.What you do with this medication is dependent on the name of the medication and the diluent you're making use of. Ask your pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding proper storage for your medication.Discard any remaining Serostim leftovers after the deadline for expiration on the label is passed.

Use a needle or the syringe only once and put them into a puncture proof "sharps" container. Make sure you follow local or state laws regarding how to dispose of the container. Maintain a safe space for children and animals alike by placing all such products out of reach of pets and children.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Utilize the medication as soon as you are able, but do not miss your missed dosage if you are close to the time for the next dose. Don't take two doses in one go.

Contact your doctor if you have missed more than three doses in one day.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Help Line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdoses can trigger tremors or shaking, cold sweats, more frequent headaches, increased hunger, drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, rapid heartbeat, and nausea. A long-term overdose may cause excessive growth.

What should be avoided?

If you are using Zorbative to treat short bowel syndrome, be sure to avoid drinking juices from fruit or soda drinks.

Beware of drinking alcohol if you suffer from the syndrome of a short bowel. It can cause stomach irritation and make your condition worse.

Interaction with other drugs

Inform your doctor about any other medications you take, including:

  • Birth control pills and hormone therapy
  • Insulin or oral diabetes medicine
  • Steroids (prednisone, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, and more).

This list isn't exhaustive. Other drugs can interact with Serostim, such as medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal products. Some interactions with drugs are not listed here. Are included here.