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Generic name: [soe-ma-TROYE-pin]somatropin

Drug class growth hormones

What is Zorbtive?

Zorbtive is a kind that contains human growth hormone, which is important to the development of bones and muscles. It's similar to the growth hormone that your body produces.Zorbtive can be used to treat short-bowel syndrome (SBS) in patients following a specialized diet.

If used in conjunction with a specific diet, Zorbtive helps your bowel get more fluids, electrolytes, nutrients, and electrolytes. It also decreases the requirement for IV (intravenous) feedings.Zorbtive does not treat short-bowel Bowel Syndrome.​​​​


When you are taking Zorbtive for the treatment of short bowel syndrome, it's crucial to adhere to the diet plan designed by your physician or nutritionist.

Consult your physician immediately. If you notice an intense and sudden pain in your stomach, accompanied by nausea or vomiting, a rapid heartbeat, more frequent urination or thirst, weight loss, changes in your vision, and sudden, extreme pain behind your eyes,Do not stop taking steroids suddenly or alter any doses of medication without consulting with your doctor.

Somatropin should not be used when you suffer from cancer or eye problems due to diabetes. Do not take Zorbtive in the event of a serious disease due to lung damage or complications resulting from surgery, injury, or medical injuries.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to take Zorbative. If you have an allergy to benzyl or somatropin or suffer from:

  • An illness that is serious due to lung disease or complications resulting from recent surgery, injury, or medical trauma.
  • Epiphyses that are closed;
  • Active cancer
  • Eye problems triggered by diabetes (diabetic retinopathy)

To ensure that Zorbtive is suitable for you, inform your doctor if:

  • Cancer (especially in the early years of the child's life);
  • Diabetes;
  • Breathing issues sleep apnea (breathing ceases during sleep);
  • A pituitary gland problem;
  • An abnormal spinal curvature (scoliosis);
  • Thyroid that is underactive;
  • An injury to the head or a brain tumor
  • Childhood brain cancer and treatment with radiation

It isn't clear if Zorbtive could harm the unborn baby.

Inform your doctor if you are expecting or planning to become pregnant while you are in treatment.It might not be safe to breastfeed a baby when you're taking this medicine. Discuss with your physician about the potential dangers.

Zorbtive is a benzyl alcohol-based product, which is a component that could cause serious adverse reactions or even death in infants or premature infants. Don't give the medication to your child without a medical consultation.

How to take Zorbtive?

Follow the exact instructions for Zorbtive given by your physician. Follow the directions on the label of your prescription. Don't use this medication in smaller or larger quantities or for longer periods than prescribed.Zorbtive is injected directly into a muscle or under the skin. You can be shown how to inject at home. Don't inject yourself with this medication if you aren't sure how to inject it, and safely dispose of any used needles.

Your healthcare provider will inform you of the most suitable places on your body where you can inject Zorbative. Alternate (rotate) the injection site every time you inject. Avoid injecting Zorbtive into skin that is tender, bruised, red, or hard.Don't inject subcutaneously (under the skin) into the same spot twice in one row.

Don't shake the Zorbtive bottle, or it could ruin the medication. Preparing your dose should only be done when you are prepared to administer an injection. Avoid using it when the medication is changing color or has particles. Contact your pharmacist to inquire about the latest medication.

Make use of an empty needle and syringe only once. Be sure to follow any local or state laws regarding disposing of used needles and syringes. Make sure you use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist for one and how to dispose of the container). Make sure this container is away from pets and children.

While taking Zorbtive, it is possible that you will require regular blood tests. The growth rate of your body will have to be monitored frequently. Eyes might also require to be checked.Use the diet plan designed by your doctor or nutritionist to manage your illness. Zorbtive is not a treatment for short bowel syndrome.The zorbtive vials should be stored unmixed and with diluents at room temperature. After mixing, store them in a refrigerator for at least 14 days. Do not freeze.Dispose of any Zorbtive leftovers when the time for expiration has passed.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Short Bowel Syndrome:

About 0.1 mg/kg subcutaneously every day
Maximum dose: 8 mg once a day.
Therapy duration: 4 weeks
Administration that lasts longer than 4 weeks hasn't been thoroughly investigated.
Utilize this medication in conjunction with the best management for short bowel syndrome (SBS).
The best way to manage SBS could include dietary adjustments, feeds for the stomach, and parenteral nutrition. Fluid and micronutrient supplementation, according to the needs
Specialized nutritional assistance may comprise a high-carbohydrate diet that is low in fat and customized to meet the individual's needs and preferences.
Supplements to nutrition may be included at the preference of the physician treating you.
Alterations to medications with concomitant effects are not recommended.
Physicians and patients should be on the lookout for any negative events.
Treatment: short bowel syndrome in patients receiving nutritional treatment that is specialized

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose when you remember. Avoid your missed dose if you are nearing the time for the next dose. Don't take any extra medication to compensate for the dose that was missed.

Contact your doctor if you do not take your medication for more than three days in a row.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.

The overdose may cause tremors, shaking, cold sweats, an increase in hunger, headaches, and drowsiness. It can also cause weakness and dizziness. It can also cause a rapid heart rate and nausea. Long-term overdoses may cause excessive growth.

Avoid this

If you are using Zorbtive to treat a condition called short intestinal syndrome, do not drink soda drinks or fruit juices. Follow the advice of your physician or nutritionist on what kinds of liquids you can consume when taking Zorbtive.

Beware of drinking alcohol if you suffer from small bowel syndrome. Alcohol can cause stomach irritation and cause the condition to worsen.

Side effects of Zorbative

Get immediate medical attention. Get medical attention immediately if you show symptoms that you are experiencing an allergic reaction, such as asthmatic breathing, hives, or swelling of your lips, face, and throat.

See your doctor right away. If you are suffering from:

  • Joint pain or hips, walking with the feeling of limping;
  • Ear pain, swelling, drainage, or warmth
  • Tingling or numbness in your hand, wrist, fingers, or wrists;
  • Significant swelling or puffiness on your feet or hands;
  • Shifts in behavior
  • Trouble with vision, headaches that are unusual;
  • Changes in the shape and size
  • Inflammation or pain in joints
  • Pancreatitis The pain is intense in your stomach and spreads into your back, causing nausea and vomiting.
  • Blood sugar levels are high, increasing thirst, more frequent urination, a dried mouth, and a fruity smell;
  • Increased pressure within the skull; headaches that are severe and ringing in your ears; nausea, dizziness, nausea, eyesight problems, or pain behind your eyes;
  • Symptoms of an adrenal gland issue include extreme weakness, extreme dizziness, weight loss, and changes in the color of your skin. You may also feel extremely fatigued or weak.

Common zorbative adverse effects could be:

  • Swelling and rapid weight gain
  • Joint or muscle pain;
  • Headaches migraine
  • Itching, pain, or skin changes in the area where the medication was infused

This is not a comprehensive list of all the side effects. Others could happen. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with other drugs

Inform your doctor about the current medications you take and the ones you are about to start or stop taking while you are receiving treatment with Zorbtive, particularly:

  • Birth control pills or hormone therapy
  • Oral diabetes medicine, insulin,
  • The steroid medicine (prednisone, dexamethasone, and many others)

This list is not comprehensive. Other drugs can be incompatible with somatropin, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. The interactions of all potential types aren't included in this guide to medications.