What is Humatrope?
Humatrope is a form of human growth hormone important for the growth of bones and muscles.
Humatrope is used to treat growth failure in children and adults who lack natural growth hormone. This includes people with with chronic kidney failure, Noonan syndrome, Turner syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, short stature at birth with no catch-up growth, and other causes.
Humatrope may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use Humatrope if you have cancer, diabetic retinopathy, or if you are being treated for Prader-Willi syndrome and you are overweight or have severe breathing problems. You should not use this medicine if you have a serious illness due to lung failure or complications from recent surgery, injury, or medical trauma.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to Humatrope or benzyl alcohol, or if you have:
- a serious illness due to lung failure, or complications from recent surgery, injury, or medical trauma;
- active cancer;
- eye problems caused by diabetes (diabetic retinopathy); or
- if you are being treated for Prader-Willi syndrome and you are overweight or have severe breathing problems (including sleep apnea).
To make sure Humatrope is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- a pituitary gland disorder;
- abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis);
- underactive thyroid;
- a head injury or brain tumor; or
- childhood brain cancer and radiation treatment.
Some brands of Humatrope are not expected to harm an unborn baby, including Genotropin, Omnitrope, Saizen, and Serostim.
It is not known whether certain other brands of Humatrope will harm an unborn baby, including Humatrope, Norditropin, Nutropin, Zomacton, and Zorbtive.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether Humatrope passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.