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Nutropin® is a brand of growth hormone made by Genentech, Inc.  It is used to replace the growth hormone that is missing in a person's body.

Nutropin ® is currently FDA-approved for treating children with growth failure due to growth hormone deficiency (GHD), Turner Syndrome, idiopathic short stature (ISS), and growth failure due to chronic renal insufficiency before renal transplantation.   In adults, Nutropin® is approved for GHD.

Nutropin ® is given as an injection.  When you order Nutropin ®,  OceanBreeze Healthcare will supply you with all the necessary supplies you would need to administer the Nutropin®.

What form is Nutropin®currently available?

Nutropin® is currently available as Nutropin AQ® NuSpin® pen.

See chart below for available dosage and strength.

Device Concentration Dosing Increments Max. Dose per Single Injection NDC Price Amount
20 mg/2 ml 7 mg 7 mg 50242-076-01 1.4 mg
10 mg/2 mLl 0.1 mg 3.5 mg 50242-078-01 0.7 mg
5 mg/2 ml 0.05 mg 1.75 mg 50242-075-01 0.35 mg

The Nutropin AQ® cartridge is already preloaded to Nutropin AQ® NuSpinTM pen device.

What are some potential side effect of Nutropin®?

Nutropin® is generally well tolerated. Potential side effects include rash, redness or soreness at the site of injection, and headaches. Some adults may experience symptoms of swelling, joint pains, or high blood sugar. More serious, but rare incidence of pancreatitis have been reported in those taking the drug.

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

How do you administer Nutropin®?

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


Nutropin AQ® NuSpin™ is an self-contained injection pen that is specifically designed for Nutropin AQ® cartridge. The cartridge is preloaded into the Nutropin AQ® NuSpin™. Simply insert pen needle into device before use. For more information on the Nutropin AQ® NuSpin™, please read the user manual (PDF: Nuspin instruction).

How do you store Nutropin®?

Nutropin AQ® NuSpin™ must be stored in the refridgerator at 36° to 46°F (2° to 8°C) at all times. Nutropin AQ® NuSpin™ during use may be outside of the refrigerator for no longer than one hour per day. Nutropin AQ® NuSpin™ device should never be frozen. Protect away from light. 

How long does Nutropin® last?

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

NuSpin pens must be used within 28 days of initial use. Throw away any unused Nutropin after 28 days of initial use.

List of Commonly Asked Questions

Q:Is there preservatives in the Nutropin®?
A:Yes, Nutropin® AQ contains phenol.
Q:How often do I take the Nutropin®?
A:You should take the Nutropin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. In general, Nutropin® is given as a once-a-day injection.

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