Endocrine-Metabolic Agent

Endocrine-Metabolic Agent

Endocrine-Metabolic Agent

Endocrine drugs treat endocrine problems and disorders such as hormone production, thyroid disorders and diabetes.

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    AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Risks associated with taking Nutropin AQ include a variety of side effects. The most common side effect is discomfort at the site of injection. Other side effects include: joint pain, curvature of the spine, headaches, nausea, and tumors. Nutropin AQ may also interact with certain medications, such as prednisone, cortisone, other steroids and insulin. People with Prader-Willi syndrome, people who are very ill after open-heart or abdominal surgery, people who have cancer or brain tumors, people who are very overweight or have severe breathing problems and people who have diabetes-related eye problems, should probably not take Nutropin AQ.

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    AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered

    The most common and less serious side effects of Nutropin AQ (somatropin) are headaches, soreness or swelling at the site of the injection, swelling of the breasts, joint pain, stiffness, stomach pain or nausea. Call your doctor if any of these side effects persist or become serious. Serious side effects of Nutropin AQ include: sudden and severe stomach pain, vomiting, increased heart beat, yellowing of the skin or eyes, increased thirst, increased need to urinate, sudden and severe pain in your eyes, hearing problems or numbness of your hands. If you experience any of these more serious side effects, contact your doctor immediately.

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    AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered

    You should know that if you have diabetes and are taking Nutropin AQ it may affect your blood sugar levels. When taking Nutropin AQ you will need to get regular checkups on your blood and growth progress to ensure the growth hormone is working. You should know that overweight children suffering from Prader-Willi syndrome who take Nutropin AQ (somatropin) are more at risk from developing fatal lung and breathing problems. Since Nutropin AQ is taken through injection, you must know the proper method for injecting medications before you do it yourself. Your healthcare provider should teach you how to inject Nutropin AQ before you attempt to do it on your own. This includes determining the right dosage and learning how to measure and administer those doses. You should also have a plan for disposing of needles or syringes properly after you've used them.

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    AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Nutropin AQ is a recombinant human growth hormone (rh-GH) medication that treats people who have growth hormone deficiency and growth failure. It is helpful in treating children suffering from the genetic disorder Turner syndrome or Noonan syndrome. Nutropin AQ can also be used to prevent any serious weight loss in people suffering from AIDS. The active ingredient in Norditropin is somatropin. Nutropin AQ is a highly purified liquid that's given through injection; it doesn't require mixing or preparation like other growth hormone products.

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    APatricia Geraghty, NP, Advanced Practice Nursing, answered

    Activella is a tablet that contains an estrogen in the form of estradiol and a progestin called norethindrone acetate. This progestin has been used for many years in birth control pills. The dose in activella is a lower dose for use in women who are menopausal.

    Estrogen has been shown to keep bones from losing mass and to prevent fractures, in particular hip fractures. It prevents osteoporosis. It is not the best medication to use if osteoporosis is already present. The bone support is not permanent. Unfortunately, when the estrogen is discontinued, bone loss speeds up again. The progestin protects the uterus from stimulation by the estrogen, preventing uterine cancer.

    The benefits and risks of using hormone therapy in menopause found in studies on similar products apply to Activella also. There is an increased risk of blood clots in the vessels and, with prolonged use or use into your 60's, a risk of breast cancer.

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    APatricia Geraghty, NP, Advanced Practice Nursing, answered
    Activella is a registered trademark name for a pill that contains both estrogen, in the form of estradiol, and progesterone in the form of norethindrone. Interestingly, norethindrone is one of the first progestins synthesized over 40 years ago and has been used ever since in the birth control pills. Most of the relief of hot flashes comes from the use of the estrogen. The progestin is most important in preventing the estrogen from stimulating development of the uterine lining, which could cause cancer of the uterus. A study done in the early 1990's showed that the progestin also contributes a little bit to relief of hot flashes. This product, while not the exact forms of estrogen and progestin used in the studies about the risks and benefits of hormone for symptoms of menopause, should be considered just as beneficial and to have just the same risks as any other hormone therapy.
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    If a dose of Activella is missed, take it as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for the next scheduled dose. If this is the case, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule. Never take two doses at once.
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    AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered

    Activella should not be taken by women who have had a hysterectomy. You should also avoid Activella if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Furthermore, you should not take Activella if you have a history of certain medical conditions, such as cancer, heart attacks, strokes, dementia, blood clots, liver and gallbladder disease, diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, depression, migraines, or fibroid tumors.

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    AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Activella (estradiol-norethindrone) can increase your odds of getting certain severe ailments, including cancer, heart attacks, stroke, dementia and blood clots. It also can cause high blood pressure, birth defects when taken by pregnant women and impede the production of milk in breastfeeding women.

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    AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Typical side effects from taking Activella (estradiol and norethindrone) include: nausea; weight gain; hair loss; pain in the head, back, stomach or breasts; depression; swelling in the feet or hands; and light vaginal bleeding and discomfort. Other effects that may occur include: acne, high blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, yeast infection, enlarged fibroids and body hair growth. The most serious side effects include: cancerous growths, difficulty breathing, severe headaches, excessive vaginal bleeding, swollen legs and yellowish skin or eyes. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience severe side effects.