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It’s normal to have questions about any kind of new diagnosis or treatment you may be given. This section will give you answers on some of the most frequently asked questions about growth hormone therapy and the devices used to give it.
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The very first time you use any NuSpin, you must prime it. The "P" in the window means "Prime." Note that the "P" position also indicates a dose amount.
No. The cartridges are overfilled to account for this initial priming step.
If the dose knob stops before returning to 0.0, your NuSpin is empty, and you have not received your full dose. The number shown in the dose window is the amount you still need for a full dose. To get your full dose, use a full NuSpin and set it to the number shown in the window of the old NuSpin. Remember to prime the new one first before you inject. If you are not sure about giving a second injection, ask your doctor about other options.
Yes. You can use the BD AutoShield™ 29-g/8-mm needle. The needle has a plastic cover that hides the needle before, during, and after the injection. It’s been tested to work with NuSpin 5, 10, and 20 pens. For more details, contact the Nurse Hotline at 1-866-NUTROPIN (1-866-688-7674).
It is normal to notice a bubble(s) after priming or before your next injection. The bubble(s) will not interfere with injections. All injection devices have bubbles after priming. However, the size and ability to see the bubbles may vary. You can’t get rid of bubbles completely because of the way the needle works with the device. NuSpin has an exposed cartridge housing that makes the bubbles and drug easy to see.
It is important that you use the proper needles on the NuSpin device. Both BD and NovoFine® needles work well with the NuSpin. You may also be twisting the needle too tightly on the pen device. It is important that you put the needle on the device right before the injection, and remove it right after the injection. Leaving the needle on can cause leakage. Also, after the injection is given, remember to count off 3 to 5 seconds before you withdraw the needle.
No. The NuSpin only needs to be primed once, at first use.
The NuSpin device is prefilled and the cartridge cannot be replaced. When the NuSpin device is empty, simply dispose of the entire device. If the empty NuSpin is disposed of with the needle attached, discard the entire device the same way you discard your used needles.
Use a damp cloth. Do not place it underwater. Do not use alcohol.
You may experience discomfort, soreness or redness where Nutropin is injected. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience ongoing injection site discomfort.
Please read this Important Safety Information carefully. Then, if you have any questions, talk with your doctor.
What should you tell your doctor before starting Nutropin therapy?
While taking Nutropin, contact your doctor immediately if you experience:
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What are common possible side effects of Nutropin therapy?
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.
You may report side effects to FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.
How should you store Nutropin?
Nutropin must be kept refrigerated (36° to 46°F [2° to 8°C]). Do not freeze. Cartridges and NuSpin pens must be used within 28 days of initial use. Throw away any unused Nutropin after 28 days of initial use. Before giving an injection, check the manufacturer’s expiration date on the cartridge or pen. Do not use if it has expired. Do not inject medication if the solution is cloudy.
Nutropin AQ® (somatropin) injection for subcutaneous use is a human growth hormone that is available by prescription only.
Doctors prescribe Nutropin therapy for children and teenagers who are short or growing slowly because they:
Doctors prescribe Nutropin therapy for adults who have growth hormone deficiency that began either in:
Your doctor will test to see if growth hormone is right for you.