A nurse is administering protropin (Somatrem) to a 7-year-old patient. The patient's mother asks about the purpose of this medication. Which of the following describes Somatrem?

Used to treat growth failure caused by hormone deficiency


• Somatrem is an analogue of growth hormone and is indicated only for the long-term treatment of children with growth failure caused by a deficiency of endogenous growth hormone.

• Injection site reactions are common with this drug. Side effects can include joint swelling and pain, and increased risk of diabetes. Some people may produce an immune response to the growth hormone.

• Somatrem is not indicated for any other disorders.

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