Nutropin AQ® (somatropin) FAQs

It’s normal to have questions about any kind of new diagnosis or treatment you may be given. This section will give you answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about growth hormone therapy and the devices used to give it.


Growth Hormone Therapy and Safety Information

GH and GH Therapy FAQs

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How does the body make growth hormone?

When my doctor performs blood test what is s/he looking for?

What are common possible side effects of Nutropin therapy?

Why must Nutropin AQ® be given by Injection?

Why do I have to rotate Injection sites?

My child takes medications for another condition. Will he or she have to keep taking those medications while on Nutropin AQ therapy?

Why do some children and some adults who take other hormone medications need to take Nutropin AQ therapy?

How long will my child have to take Nutropin AQ therapy for growth failure in chronic kidney disease (CKD) up to the time of kidney transplant?

What are the risks of Nutropin therapy in CKD?

How should the timing of injections be handled with patients on dialysis?

Who should not take Nutropin therapy?

Can I take Nutropin with me on vacation?

What do I need to know if I am traveling?

What happens if I experience discomfort, soreness, or redness where Nutropin AQ® is injected?

Nutropin AQ® NuSpin®

Nutropin AQ® NuSpin® FAQs

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Should I change the needle every time I use the NuSpin?

Where should I store the NuSpin?

Why do I need to keep my medication in the refrigerator?

Can I store my device in the freezer?

Where is the best place on my body to inject my medication?

Is my device waterproof?

What should I do if my device is dropped or damaged?

What is the smallest and biggest dose my Nutropin AQ NuSpin can deliver in one injection?

What does the "P" on the NuSpin device dose window mean?

Is the drug wasted when the pen is primed?

What happens if there is not enough Nutropin AQ in the NuSpin for my last dose?

What if I notice one or more bubble(s) in the cartridge after priming or before the next injection?

Sometimes when I give the injection with NuSpin, there is leakage at the needle before the injection or the medicine leaks at the injection site. Is this okay?

Do I prime the NuSpin before each use?

When and how should I dispose of the NuSpin?

How should I clean the NuSpin?

What happens if I experience discomfort, soreness, or redness where Nutropin AQ® is injected?