Somatropin and Somatrem

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What are somatropin and somatrem used for?

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FDA (Food and Drug Administration)-approved conditions for treatment with somatropin:

Condition Brand Medication
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®
Pituitary dwarfism Humatrope®
Prader-Willi syndrome Genotropin®
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:

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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