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Generic name: somatropin

EMD Serono

What it does:
Treats wasting (HIV-related weight loss)

Traditional dosage:
0.1 mg per kilogram of body weight daily (up to 6 mg), injected subcutaneously at bedtime

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Do not use if you have acute critical illness following open heart or abdominal surgery, multiple accidental trauma, or acute respiratory failure. Do not use if you have neoplasia.

Side effects:
Most serious: Glucose intolerance, which may require adjustment of diabetes medications for patients with this disorder; musculoskeletal discomfort; carpal tunnel syndrome; swelling of the hands and feet
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