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Somavert

What is Somavert

Somavert is a manufactured protein similar to human growth hormone (GH). Somavert binds to the same receptor in the body as growth hormone, and blocks the effects of growth hormone.

Somavert is used for the treatment of acromegaly.

Somavert may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

General medical information about Somavert

The stopper on the vial of Somavert contains latex. Do not use this product without first talking to your doctor if you are allergic to latex.

Your doctor will want you to have blood tests and/or other medical evaluations during treatment with Somavert to monitor progress and side effects. It is especially important to monitor liver function and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I) with regularly scheduled blood tests.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking Somavert

Before taking Somavert, tell your doctor if you have:
- an allergy to Somavert, another growth hormone product, or latex (the stopper on the vial of Somavert contains latex);
- a tumor that secretes growth hormone;
- diabetes; or
- liver problems.

You may not be able to take Somavert or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.

Somavert is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that Somavert is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Somavert without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether Somavert passes into breast milk. Do not take Somavert without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should take Somavert

Take Somavert exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain them to you.

Somavert is administered as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection. Your healthcare provider will give you detailed instructions regarding how to administer the injection.

The Somavert powder must be mixed with the supplied sterile water for injection before each dose. Instructions regarding mixing the solution are included with the product. Follow them closely.

In general, 1 mL of the Sterile Water for Injection should be injected into the vial of Somavert, aiming the stream of liquid against the glass wall of the vial. Then, gently roll the vial between the palms of both hands to dissolve the powder. Do not shake the vial. Shaking the vial could damage the proteins in the medication and decrease its effectiveness.

After mixing, the solution should be clear and contain no particles. If the solution is cloudy or contains particles, do not inject it.

After mixing the solution, the medication should be administered as soon as possible and within 6 hours.

Administer only one dose from each vial. Throw away any remaining medication after administering one dose.

The stopper on the vial of Somavert contains latex. Do not use this product without first talking to your doctor if you are allergic to latex.

Your doctor will want you to have blood tests and/or other medical evaluations during treatment with Somavert to monitor progress and side effects. It is especially important to monitor liver function and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I) with regularly scheduled blood tests.

Store unmixed Somavert in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit (2 and 8 degrees Celsius).

If you miss a dose:

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and use only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use a double dose of this medication.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately if an overdose of Somavert is suspected.

Symptoms of a Somavert overdose may include fatigue.

Avoid while taking Somavert

There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity during treatment with Somavert unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider.

Possible side effects of Somavert

If you experience any of the following uncommon but serious side effects, stop taking Somavert and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
- liver problems (may be detected by blood tests or symptoms such as yellowing of the skin or eyes, vomiting, abdominal pain, unusual fatigue, loss of appetite, itching, clay-colored stools, or dark urine).

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Somavert and talk to your doctor if you experience
- discomfort at the injection site;
- "flu-like" symptoms
- nausea or diarrhea;
- dizziness; or
- water retention or slight weight gain.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Somavert

Before taking Somavert, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- insulin;
- any medicine taken by mouth to treat diabetes such as glyburide (Diabeta, Glynase, Micronase), glipizide (Glucotrol), glimepiride (Amaryl), rosiglitazone (Avandia), pioglitazone (Actos), and others; or
- a narcotic pain or cough medication such as codeine (Tylenol #3, others), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lorcet, others), oxycodone (Percocet, others), morphine (MS Contin, MSIR, OxyContin, others), fentanyl (Duragesic, others), and others.

You may not be able to take Somavert, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Somavert. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.

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