What is Headon® (rHGH) Somatropin Injection?
Somatropin injection is used to replace growth hormone (a natural hormone produced by your body) in adults and children with growth hormone deficiency. Somatropin injection is also used to increase growth in children with certain conditions that affect normal growth and development.
Somatropin is a man-made version of the human growth hormone. Growth hormone is naturally produced by the pituitary gland and is necessary to stimulate growth in children. Man-made growth hormone may be used in adults or children who have certain conditions that prevent normal growth. These conditions include growth hormone deficiency (inability to produce enough growth hormone), chronic kidney disease, idiopathic short stature (unexplained shortness), Noonan syndrome, Turner syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), short stature homeobox-containing gene (SHOX) deficiency, and short stature born small for gestational age (SGA) with no catch-up growth by age 2 to 4 years of age.
Somatropin injection (Serostim) is used to increase body weight and physical endurance in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who have HIV-associated wasting syndrome. Somatropin injection (Zorbtive brand name) is used to treat short bowel syndrome in adults who are receiving additional nutrition or fluids from intravenous (IV) therapy. Somatropin is a human growth hormone (hGH) analog. It works by replacing growth hormones that are normally produced in the body, which may result in increased growth, body weight, and improved absorption of nutrients and fluids from the intestines.
Headon® (rHGH) Somatropin Injection is a medicine that is identical to the main form of the naturally occurring human growth hormone. It is used to treat children with growth failure due to inadequate secretion of endogenous growth hormone (GH). It is used to treat short stature in adults also.
Headon® (rHGH) Somatropin Injection is given as an injection into the skin under the supervision of a doctor. Your doctor or nurse will help you to learn the exact method of self-administration. You should receive appropriate training and instructions from the physician before using it. The dose and how often you take it depends on what you are taking it for. You should take this medicine for as long as it is prescribed for you.
The most common side effects of this medicine include injection site reaction, headache, and rash. If these bother you or appear serious, let your doctor know. There may be ways of reducing or preventing them.
Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have ever had diabetes, or have a thyroid disorder. Your doctor should also know about all other medicines you are taking as many of these may make this medicine less effective or change the way it works. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy, or breastfeeding. You may be asked for regular monitoring of blood sugar levels, kidney function, and level of growth hormone before and during the treatment.
Somatropin is a pharmaceutical medication that belongs to the class of recombinant human growth hormones (rHGH). It is a synthetic form of human growth hormone (HGH) that is produced through genetic engineering techniques. Somatropin is designed to mimic the actions of naturally occurring HGH, which is produced by the pituitary gland in the body.
This medication is primarily used to treat growth hormone deficiency (GHD) in both children and adults. It is also indicated for the treatment of certain medical conditions associated with short stature, such as Turner syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, chronic kidney disease, and idiopathic short stature.
Somatropin acts by stimulating skeletal and muscular growth, as well as promoting cellular reproduction and regeneration. It exerts its effects through the activation of specific cell surface receptors, leading to the production of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 plays a crucial role in regulating growth and development in various tissues and organs.
The administration of somatropin is typically done through subcutaneous (under the skin) injection. The dosage and treatment duration are determined by the healthcare provider based on the individual’s specific needs and medical condition. Regular monitoring of growth parameters, hormone levels, and potential side effects is necessary during treatment.
Although generally considered safe and effective when used as prescribed, somatropin may cause certain side effects. These can include fluid retention, joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, nausea, and allergic reactions. In rare cases, the misuse or overuse of somatropin can lead to serious adverse effects such as diabetes, increased intracranial pressure, or growth of cancerous tumors.
It is important to note that somatropin should only be used under the guidance and supervision of a qualified healthcare professional, as its misuse or abuse can have significant health risks. The medication is typically prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that may involve lifestyle modifications, regular monitoring, and other medical interventions to optimize growth and overall health.