Norditropin simplexx contains a human biosynthetic growth hormone called somatropin, identical to the growth hormone produced naturally by the body. Children need this hormone to help them grow, but adults also need this hormone for their overall health.
Norditropin simplexx is an injectable solution found in a cartridge, ready for use after inserting the cartridge into the NordiPen injection device.
Norditropin is used to treat growth deficits in children who have:
- Lack or low secretion of growth hormone (growth hormone deficiency),
- Turner syndrome (a genetic problem that may affect growth),
- Reduction of renal function, and/or
- Low birth weight.
Norditropin simplexx is used to replace growth hormone in adults:
In adults, Norditropin simplexx is used to replace growth hormone if its secretion has been diminished since childhood or ceased to mature due to a tumor, the treatment of a tumor, or a growth hormone-producing gland disease. If you have been treated during childhood for growth hormone deficiency, you will be tested again after growth. If the growth hormone deficiency is confirmed, it is recommended that you continue the treatment.
Using other medicines:
Before prescribing Norditropin, your doctor needs to know if you are being treated with:
- glucocorticoids; cyclosporine; insulin; thyroid hormones ; gonadotrophin ; anticonvulsants.
In most cases, you should speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. Since you do not want to have any complications after having taken the medication, you will generally not come across companies that sell Norditropin without prescription.
Possible side effects:
Like all medicines, Norditropin simplexx can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Adverse reactions seen in children, adolescents and adults include:
- Rash, wheezing, swelling of the eyelids or face or lips collapse. Any of these may be signs of allergic reactions.
- Headache, visual disturbances, feeling sick (nausea) and vomiting. These may be signs of increased intracranial pressure.
- Serum thyroxin concentration may decrease.
- Hyperglycemia (elevated blood glucose).
If you experience any of these side effects, go to your doctor as soon as possible. Discontinue Norditropin simplexx until your doctor tells you to continue.
Other adverse reactions in adults are:
- Tingling and numbness, especially in the fingers.