What are somatropin and somatrem used for?
FDA (Food and Drug Administration)-approved conditions for treatment with somatropin:
|Adult growth hormone deficiency (including hypopituitarism)||Genotropin®, Humatrope®, Norditropin®, Nutropin® and Nutropin AQ®, Omnitrope®, Saizen®, Tev-Tropin®|
|AIDS wasting||Saizen®, Serostim®|
|Childhood growth hormone deficiency (including pituitary dwarfism and childhood hypopituitarism||Genotropin®, Humatrope®, Norditropin®, Nutropin®, Nutropin AQ®, Omnitrope®, Saizen®, Tev-Tropin®|
|Chronic renal insufficiency (in children whose height is less than the third percentile for their chronologic age)||Nutropin® and Nutropin AQ®|
|Idiopathic short stature (children with height standard deviation scores of -2.25 or lower)||Humatrope®|
|Small-for-gestational age (children who fail to exhibit catch-up growth by age 2)||Genotropin®|
|Turner syndrome||Humatrope®, Nutropin®, Nutropin AQ®|
FDA-approved conditions for treatment with somatrem:
- Adult growth hormone deficiency (including hypopituitarism)
- Childhood growth hormone deficiency (including
pituitary dwarfism and childhood hypopituitarism)
- Chronic renal insufficiency
- Decreased body growth (Down
syndrome and juvenile chronic arthritis)
- Diabetic foot ulcer
- Idiopathic short stature
- Pituitary dwarfism
- Turner syndrome
Because growth hormone wasn't marketed as a dietary supplement or food before the FDA approved it as a drug, growth hormone cannot be sold as a dietary supplement. Federal law prohibits the distribution of growth hormone outside a legitimate doctor-patient relationship. Not only do some Web sites illegally distribute human growth hormone without a prescription, some sites even sell counterfeit (fake) growth hormone drugs. However, you can choose to fill your online prescription orders with a pharmacy that carries the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS®) seal of approval. For a list of pharmacies that carry the VIPPS® seal, see http://www.vipps.info.
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