What to Expect

What to expect with Nutropin AQ® [somatropin (rDNA origin) injection]

Your dose, delivered with confidence

It's normal to feel a little nervous about starting something new. So when you begin your Nutropin therapy, a nurse will teach you how to inject, step by step.

Nutropin AQ NuSpin® is designed to be simple.

  • No mixing—Nutropin AQ comes premixed
  • No loading—NuSpin is prefilled, so there is no need to attach or change cartridges
  • Disposable—simply discard the pen when the cartridge is empty (Needles should be disposed of as instructed by your healthcare professional)
  • Prime only once

Questions? Ask your nurse trainer or call 1-866-NUTROPIN (1-866-688-7674) to talk with a nurse, 7 days a week.

Taking Nutropin

Nutropin is given as an injection. It is injected into the fatty layer under the skin. Your injection trainer, doctor, and nurse can all show you the right way to take your Nutropin treatment.

Getting the most out of your therapy

It’s best if you take Nutropin at the same time every day. It is usually given in the evening or at a time that is recommended by your health care provider.

If you’re giving an injection to your child, it may be helpful to get him or her involved right from the start. Let your child help to put a routine in place. Having some control may help him or her feel better. 

They may assist with:

  • Helping to get medicine from the refrigerator
  • Opening the alcohol wipes
  • Setting up the supplies

If possible, follow injections with an activity your child enjoys, such as reading together.

Whether you’re giving or getting treatment, remember: Missing injections may affect your response to therapy. Don’t try to make up for missed injections by “doubling up” on your dose. Staying on a routine, or setting a cell phone alarm to remind you to take your Nutropin, may help you stay on course. Ask your healthcare provider what to do if you miss a dose.

Nutropin should be taken until your doctor tells you that you don’t need to take it any more. 

Your doctor is your first source of information. Discuss the potential benefits and risks of GH therapy with your doctor so you are familiar with possible side effects. Be sure to talk about any medications you or your child may be taking.

When can I expect to see results from my Nutropin therapy?

It may be a few months before you see any results from your Nutropin therapy. The changes may be so gradual at first that you don’t even notice. If you take it every day and don’t miss doses, you may improve the likelihood of positive results. Individual results may vary.

Common side effects associated with Nutropin therapy

Nutropin may cause some side effects.

Common side effects reported in adults and children taking Nutropin therapy include injection site reactions. Additional common side effects in adults include swelling, joint pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

In the first days and weeks of treatment, some adults and a very few children may have swelling of the hands and feet (edema). Pain and swelling of your joints may also occur. If you have these side effects, let your doctor know right away. Most likely he or she has already talked with you about these side effects.

Always talk with your doctor about any medicine you take. Also be sure to read the Nutropin Prescribing Information. 

Nutropin Prescribing Information - Download PDF (295 KB)