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Somatropin is a type of a human growth hormone that is necessary for the development of healthy bones and muscles. It also stimulates production and regeneration of cells as well as growth in humans and other animals. There are various brands of Somatropin. These are Humatrope, Nutropin, Tev-tropin, Norditropin, Genotropin, Omnitrope, Saizen, Serostim and Zorbtive. Each of them have different uses and administered in different situations to people with different conditions.

It is administered to children and adults who lack growth hormone, have disorder in the intestines and chronic kidney failure, and those with short heights which are not related to low amounts of growth hormone medication. It is also administered to dwarfs and those with a short stature at birth, with no signs of growth. Patients with AIDS are also given the injection so as to curb severe loss of weight and to treat short bowel syndrome.

It is injected directly into a muscle or under the skin. One may be shown how to use injections at home. One should follow the prescriptions and use the right quantities (neither less nor more) and not longer than recommended by your doctor. You should only prepare the dose when you are ready to inject the hormone into the body, otherwise you may ruin the effectiveness of the hormone. You should also use disposable needles and syringes, and ensure to dispose them after use to prevent spread of a disease or infection through reuse.

The growth hormone should not be used if one is allergic to it, if one has cancer. It should also not be used when one has a serious illness as a result of complications from surgery, injury, trauma and lung failure. People with eye problems caused by diabetes are also advised not to use the drug. If one is under treatment for Prader-Willi syndrome, has breathing complications or is overweight, he or she is not supposed to use the drug. Circumstances where one is pregnant, she should inform her doctor about her condition for proper medication in order to avoid harming the unborn baby. One should therefore disclose information about their health in order for the doctor to identify whether he or she is fit for administration of the drug.

The main side effects of the growth hormone may include difficulties in breathing, swelling of the face, headache, muscle or joint pains, sudden weight gain, pain, itching or changes where the medicine was injected. Patients with Prader-Willi are those borne to breathing complications such as breath shortness, coughing or new and increased snoring. Other side effects include vision changes, nausea, vomiting, numbness in joints, increased thirst, increased urination and weight loss among others.

As evidently seen, it is a crucial hormone in human body. Since development of the drug, it has provided medical assistance to many. However, there should be medical research in order to curb the side effects and reduce them if not to totally eliminate them.