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Humatrope® is a brand of growth hormone made by Eli Lily and Company. It is used to replace the growth hormone that is missing in a person’s body.
Humatrope ® is currently FDA-approved for treating children with growth failure due to growth hormone deficiency (GHD), Turner Syndrome, idiopathic short stature (ISS), SHOX deficiency, and small for gestational age (SGA). In adults, Humatrope® is approved for GHD.
Humatrope ® is given as an injection. When you order Humatrope ®, OceanBreeze Healthcare will supply you with all the necessary supplies you would need to administer the Humatrope®.

What are some potential side effects of Humatrope®?

Humatrope® is currently available in 2 forms: a dry powder vial and premixed cartridge.

Each vial contains 5 mg of active drug. The vial needs to be reconstituted, or mixed with the diluent (the clear liquid solution) provided in the same box as the drug vial.

Cartridge is available in 6mg, 12mg, and 24mg strength. Each cartridge must be used with the respective HumatroPen® to assure proper delivery of medication.

What are some potential side effects of Humatrope®?

Humatrope® is generally well tolerated. While unlikely, potential side effects include injection site reaction, such as rash, redness or bruising, and headaches. Some may experience symptoms of swelling, joint pains, or high blood sugar.

Those with diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance should be monitored closely for risk of high blood sugar during Humatrope® therapy.

If you are experiencing any unwanted side effect(s), contact your doctor or pharmacist. You may also report the side effect(s) to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

How do you administer Humatrope®?

Humatrope® needs to be injected subcutaneously in order for the medication to work. 

For Vials:

Humatrope® can be injected with a prepackaged syringe with needle. Your doctor will tell you the exact type of needles and syringe to use to inject your Humatrope®. For detailed administration information, please refer to the Humatrope® vial instruction brochure (PDF: Humatrope Vial Instructions 8_2011).

For Cartridge:

HumatroPen® is an injection pen that is specifically designed for Humatrope® cartridge. For more information on the HumatroPen®, please read the patient administration information (HumatroPen 6 mgHumatroPen 12 mg, HumatroPen 24 mg, Humatrope Patient Cartridge Instructions).

How do you store Humatrope®?

Humatrope® must be stored in the refrigerator (at 2 – 8° Celsius) at all times.

How long does Humatrope® last?

Humatrope® is stable and last until the indicated expiration date before opening when stored in the refrigerator.

For Vials:

Each vial of Humatrope® may last for several injections depending on the prescribed dose. Once the vial has been opened, and the dry powder is mixed with the diluent, the mixed solution is stable up to 14 days.

For Cartridge:

Each cartridge of Humatrope® may last for several injections depending on the prescribed dose. Once the cartridge has been opened, it is stable up to 28 days.

List of Commonly Asked Questions

Q:How do you mix Humatrope®?
A:For vials, Humatrope® needs to be mixed with the provided diluent before injection. For instructions on how to mix the Humatrope®, please read the instruction manual (PDF: Humatrope Vial Instructions 8_2011).
For cartridge, Humatrope® is mixed using HumatroPen®. For instructions, please read cartridge manual HumatroPen®. For instructions, please read the corresponding cartridge manual (HumatroPen 6 mgHumatroPen 12 mgHumatroPen 24 mgHumatrope Patient Cartridge Instructions).
Q:Is there preservatives in the Humatrope®?
A:Yes, Humatrope® contains metacresol and glycerin.
Q:How often do I take the Humatrope®?
A:You should take the Humatrope® exactly as prescribed by your doctor. In general, Humatrope® is given as a once-a-day injection.

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Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. You should read carefully all product packaging. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider. Pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 333 (e) (1), which limits usage only to the treatment of disease or other recognized medical conditions authorized by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Ocean Breeze Healthcare does not dispense human growth hormone for anti-aging, cosmetic or performance enhancement purposes.


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