SAIZEN is used to treat:
SAIZEN contains somatropin, which is the same as natural human growth hormone, but is made in a laboratory.
If you are unsure as to why you have been prescribed SAIZEN, ask your doctor.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
SAIZEN is available only on a doctor's prescription.
Do not use SAIZEN if you have an allergy to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Do not use SAIZEN if:
SAIZEN should not be used for growth promotion in children if their bones have stopped growing.
Do not use SAIZEN after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start using this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant or start breastfeeding.
Your doctor will discuss with you the risks and benefits of using SAIZEN if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Also tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives, or dyes.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell him/her before you start using SAIZEN.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including:
Tell your doctor if you are taking corticosteroids.
Corticosteroids are used to treat several illnesses including asthma, allergies and rheumatoid arthritis. Corticosteroids might stop SAIZEN from working well.
If you are not sure if you are taking any of these medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or to avoid while using SAIZEN.
SAIZEN therapy should be carried out under the regular guidance of a doctor who is experienced in the diagnosis and management of growth hormone disorders.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor, nurse or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
SAIZEN is intended for you to inject yourself by subcutaneous (under the skin) injection, preferably in the evening.
Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will instruct you to inject SAIZEN injection solution in a cartridge with a dedicated autoinjector device provided separately.
Follow the Instructions for Use provided with the device carefully.
Follow all instructions given to you by your doctor or nurse carefully.
Do not attempt self-injection until you are sure of how to do it.
Do not inject SAIZEN if it contains particles and is not clear.
The best areas for injection are loose and soft (flabby) skin away from joints and nerves.
Use a different injection site each time to lessen the risk of damage to the fat and tissues under the skin.
Prepare the injection site according to the instructions given by your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Suitable injection sites are:
Do not inject into any areas in which you feel lumps, firm knots, depressions or pain. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you experience anything unusual when injecting.
Your doctor will determine your dose and how frequently you inject (3, 6 or 7 times a week). This depends on why you are being treated with SAIZEN, and your body surface area or body weight.
If you forget a treatment, contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you have trouble remembering your injection schedule, ask your pharmacist or nurse for some tips.
Immediately contact your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 131 126 in Australia) if you are concerned that you or anyone else may have used too much SAIZEN.
If you feel shaky or lightheaded, contact your doctor immediately.
Injecting too much SAIZEN can lead to changes in blood sugar levels.
Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be monitored.
Your doctor will also do tests from time to time to check for side effects.
Before starting any new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are using SAIZEN.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you are using SAIZEN.
If you become pregnant while using SAIZEN, tell your doctor immediately.
Do not use SAIZEN to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not stop using SAIZEN without telling your doctor.
Do not change the dose unless your doctor tells you to.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while using SAIZEN.
SAIZEN helps most people needing treatment with growth hormone but it may have unwanted side effects in some people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some side effects.
Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects and they worry you:
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Some side effects may only be found when your doctor does tests from time to time to check your progress.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
Keep SAIZEN injection solution in a refrigerator where the temperature is between 2°C to 8°C (Refrigerate. Do not freeze) and it is not exposed to light.
Do NOT store it in the freezer.
SAIZEN injection solution is intended for multiple use in one patient only.
After first injection, the contents of the cartridge should be used within 28 days and stored at 2°C to 8°C (Refrigerate. Do not freeze).
SAIZEN cartridge must be used with an autoinjector device.
The autoinjector containing a cartridge of SAIZEN must be stored in the device storage box.
Discard all sharps into a disposal unit.
Sharps are objects or devices having sharp points or edges capable of cutting or piercing the skin.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist what to do if you have any SAIZEN that has expired or is left over from your treatment.
SAIZEN injection solution is presented in cartridges for multiple injections in one patient only.
SAIZEN injection solution is registered in three presentations: 6 mg (in 1.03 mL), 12 mg (in 1.5 mL) and 20 mg (in 2.5 mL).
Each presentation is supplied in boxes of 1 cartridge. Your doctor will decide which presentation is suitable for you or your child.
SAIZEN 6 mg contains somatropin (rmc) 6 mg in 1.03 mL (5.83 mg/mL)
SAIZEN 12 mg contains somatropin (rmc) 12 mg in 1.5 mL (8.00 mg/mL)
SAIZEN 20 mg contains somatropin (rmc) 20 mg in 2.5 mL (8.00 mg/mL)
SAIZEN is supplied in Australia by:
Merck Serono Australia Pty Ltd
3-4/25 Frenchs Forest Road
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
For SAIZEN education and support, call connections for growth on 1800 724 936.
SAIZEN 6 mg: AUST R 166475
SAIZEN 12 mg: AUST R 166478
SAIZEN 20 mg: AUST R 166479
This leaflet was prepared in August 2012
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