SEROSTIM

somatropin for injection

Injectable human growth hormone used for treating HIV-associated wasting in those on ART

Non-HIV drug

Non-HIV Drug

Serostim vial

STANDARD DOSE

0.1 mg/kg via subcutaneous (under the skin) injection, which may be in the thigh, upper arm, abdomen, or buttock once daily at bedtime (up to 6 mg), rotating injection sites and avoiding scar tissue, bruises, and the navel. It is available in 4 mg, 5 mg, and 6 mg vials. The multi-use 4 mg vial is reconstituted with bacteriostatic (containing a biological or chemical agent that stops bacteria from reproducing) water for injection and may be refrigerated for up to 14 days after reconstitution. The single-use 5 mg and 6 mg vials are reconstituted with sterile water for injection and must be used immediately; after administering the dose, any unused portion should be discarded. Some loss of the dose can be expected (approximately 10%). Inject the water into the vial aiming for the glass wall. The vial should be swirled gently in a circular motion until solution is completely dissolved; it must be clear and colorless. Do not shake. Do not inject if solution is cloudy or contains particles.

Serostim is recombinant (made in a lab) human growth hormone for treatment of HIV wasting (unintentional loss of weight) or cachexia (general ill health resulting from emaciation), decreased lean body mass (muscle), and loss of physical endurance. Loss of muscle can be difficult to notice or diagnose. Serostim has been shown to increase HIV replication in the test tube; therefore, patients must be taking anti-HIV therapy, known as HAART (or cART), in order to be prescribed Serostim.

MANUFACTURER

EMD Serono
serostim.com
(877) 714-AXIS (2947)

Co-pay program: (877) 714-2947

$0 initial fill and up to $1,500 for each additional fill, not to exceed $18,000/year. Visit serostim.com for details.

PHARMACY

Drug Mart Pharmacy
shopdrugmart.com
(800) 877-0337

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Most common potential side effects include swelling (especially of the hands and feet), muscle pain, joint pain, numbness, and pain in extremities (the ends of limbs, especially the hands and feet), carpal tunnel syndrome (requiring discontinuation if unresolved by decreasing the number of doses), injection site reactions (pain, numbness, redness, or swelling), increased blood fat (triglycerides) and blood sugar (including new or worsening cases of diabetes, sometimes reversible upon stopping Serostim), nausea, and fatigue. More rarely, potential side effects include pancreatitis (watch for persistent severe abdominal pain) and intracranial hypertension (rise in pressure in the skull, with visual changes, headache, nausea, or vomiting). Serostim should be avoided in patients who are acutely ill, have an active cancer, or have diabetic retinopathy (damage to one or both retinas). Since HIV-positive patients may have an increased risk of developing new tumors, including from birthmarks or other moles, risks versus benefits of starting Serostim should always be discussed with your provider. Additionally, patients with known malignancies should be carefully monitored, because Serostim may cause increased growth or malignant changes.

Based on how the drug is broken down in your body, there are some potential drug-drug interactions, though no formal drug studies have been conducted. These theoretically potential interactions include patients on glucocorticoid (such as prednisone) therapy and may require an increased prednisone dose. Others may include medications that are metabolized through the CYP450 enzyme in your liver (like some antiretrovirals, cholesterol medications, or anticonvulsants); or medications like oral estrogen, insulin, or oral diabetes drugs. Be sure to tell your provider, pharmacist, and/or other providers about all of the medications you are taking, including herbs, supplements, and over-the-counter (OTC) products, prescribed or not.

Rotate injection sites to avoid injection site reactions. An injection training program is available; see the website or call the toll-free number. Do not use while experiencing cancer or cancer treatment, serious injuries, severe breathing problems, certain eye diseases related to diabetes, or after critical illness due to complications of abdominal or open heart surgery.

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"This pharmacy is one of the best. Pharmacist has lots of knowledge and staff takes time to explain in detail. They do other half of what doctors should do. Also, no waiting like big name pharmacy. I highly recommend this pharmacy. They also deliver and ship to anywhere in USA."
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Chanice Dorsey
Chanice Dorsey
02:45 12 Mar 20
The staff at Drug Mart are truly an extension of my family. Vik offered me one of the greatest opportunities while in... nursing school, as a graduate, and as a working professional. He continues to encourage young adults to pursue their dreams and provides them with opportunities to be impactful within the community. You can’t get any better than this.read more
langston hannah
langston hannah
12:02 07 Mar 20
I am very pleased with the service that I receive from the pharmacy. The people who serve you are very helpful and... friendly and assist you in any way that they can. The pharmacist are well informed with your prescription needs, if there's a problem with anything you need they will do their best to resolve any issue you have. I recommend everyone to check them out and get their prescriptions filled at Drug Mart. I will always be a customer of Drug Mart because they are so good at what they do.read more
tracey evans
tracey evans
16:32 03 Mar 20
Drug Mart is my family, I’ve been with them since day 1. I moved away for a few years to another state, I’ve been... back i NJ. a little over 5 years and I’m still a happy customer. They’re very friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful and understanding, prices are better then most..read more
Cassandra Hemby
Cassandra Hemby
21:33 28 Feb 20
I so appreciate the dear people @Drug Mart! I am recovering from cancer and one day while in Chemotherapy I was told I... would need a certain cream right away, but I wouldn't be able to pick it up that day.however there is this very courteous and sweet young lady named Michele that assured me it would be delivered to me in at my daughter's home in Woodbridge, NJ, because that is where I go after having treatment.The kind of caring and compassion received there have made the staff endearing to me and has restored my faith in customer service again.read more
Denise Eady
Denise Eady
20:38 24 Feb 20
I love this place. Best pharmacy around!!!. I have been using this pharmacy since it opened. Whenever I walk in,... everyone is very cordial and always pleasant and with a smile, and they always greet me by nmy name. Vic and the other Pharmacists are very knowledgeable, and the staff takes the time to explain any new medications in detail. If you are not able to pick up your prescriptions, they do HOME delivery which is great. I transferred from Walgreens pharmacy and I am so glad I did!!!read more
Jay Bhatt
Jay Bhatt
21:05 22 Feb 20
The quality of service provided by the pharmacist and the staff is excellent! I wouldn't go to any other pharmacy. They... truly care.read more
Cindy Hall
Cindy Hall
15:21 20 Feb 20
I never have to wait. This is the best pharmacy I ever went to. I highly recommend them to everyone!
Maisha Bryant
Maisha Bryant
00:32 20 Feb 20
I have known Vik and his family since they opened. They have bright back what it means to have a home town family... operated pharmacy. He remembers you, that you have had a baby etc. He is compassionate and always goes above and beyond. He trains his staff to pursue their own dreams. Some have gone on to school. My prayer is that God gives him a long healthy life and that his business continues to prosper. Oh and BTW if you move he does mail order so he can continue to be your pharmacist no need to switch!read more
Sharel E. Gordon-Love
Sharel E. Gordon-Love
19:46 19 Feb 20
My family has been with Drug Mart since they first open and we’ve received top notch service every single time. Vic... and the staff are very friendly, and we are greeted with a smileread more
Tammy Nichols
Tammy Nichols
23:23 18 Feb 20
I used to get my prescriptions at Cvs. But when Drug Mart open close to my house i figured I give then a try and have... not looked back. The staff is always kind, helpful, and considerate. LOVE THIS PLACE.❤read more
Yolanda Parker
Yolanda Parker
20:50 17 Feb 20
I enjoyed the customer service I experience when I go into this store the friendly atmosphere the warm welcome you get... upon entering and exitingread more
Mike Webb
Mike Webb
16:48 06 Feb 20
Great being able to pick up my meds at this pharmacy. They are the best!
Janet Bynum
Janet Bynum
18:21 28 Jan 20
Leaving his experience I had with Drug Mart it's coming there getting my medication and then delivering it to me very... happy who had Drug Mart in my life far as my medications is concerned I don't have to call for refills they deliver them to me I've been the drug mart play my medications concern about 7 years or more appreciate the people they appreciate me I'm happy with Drug Mart this is my the best pharmacist that I know thank youread more
james hunter
james hunter
21:25 24 Jan 20
Always ready to help! Any way possible thank you for all your years of service!
Michelle Reyes
Michelle Reyes
21:03 24 Jan 20
Awesome staff always willing to help out 🙂
cindy ortega
cindy ortega
20:41 24 Jan 20
I love this pharmacy. Everyone makes you feel like your family. Any issues with prescription they try to resolve it... asap. I recommend this pharmacy to everyone.read more
jacqueline wells
jacqueline wells
19:33 31 Dec 19
Drug mart has the most pleasant employees and the service is swift I can't say enough good things about this pharmacy... Thanks for your years of dedication and service in our communityread more
Chris Hanington
Chris Hanington
13:47 18 Jul 19
These people take great care of THEIR people. Impressive!
R Turner
R Turner
21:57 01 Jun 19
I've been going here for years since my doctor recommended this pharmacy. They're busier now then when I first started... but their service is still top notch. Thanks again for all your help!read more
John Aleksandrowicz
John Aleksandrowicz
22:21 14 Apr 19
Great pharmacy with great customer service. Vik is great. He obviously cares about people and understands the needs of... each. Thank you!read more
Karen T
Karen T
18:54 06 Jan 19
This pharmacy is the best! I left Walgreens and very glad I did. They take the time to explain my medicines and know me... by name. I recommended them to all my family and friends.read more
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