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Omnitrope® safety 
and efficacy

Sandoz is committed to safety. We’ve studied the safety and potential side effects of Omnitrope extensively and shared key facts here to help you and your doctor make the right decision about growth hormone therapy.


We’re committed to safety

We’ve studied Omnitrope’s safety extensively:

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Omnitrope has
been FDA-approved
since 2006


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Omnitrope’s safety
has been evaluated in many
clinical studies



More than 808,000
Omnitrope prescriptions have
been filled since 2007


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Some people should not take Omnitrope

Omnitrope should not be used by children or adults who have:

  • A critical illness caused by certain types of heart or stomach surgery, accidental trauma, or a sudden and severe breathing problem (respiratory failure)
  • Allergies to growth hormone or any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • Prader-Willi syndrome and who are severely overweight or have a history of breathing problems, including sleep apnea
  • Certain types of eye problems caused by diabetes
  • Cancer or other tumors
  • Closed bone growth plates


Things to tell your healthcare provider
before taking Omnitrope

Patients should tell their healthcare provider about all of their medical conditions, including if they:

  • Have had heart or stomach surgery, trauma, or serious breathing problems
  • Have or have had cancer or any tumor
  • Have diabetes
  • Take any prescription and non-prescription medicines, steroids, vitamins, or herbal supplements
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed


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Potential side effects of Omnitrope

The most common side effects of Omnitrope are:

  • Local reactions at the injection site (such as pain, numbness, redness, and swelling)

  • Pain in the joints and muscle pain

  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia/diabetes) and sugar in your urine (glucosuria)

  • Headaches

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Unusual skin sensations

  • Swelling associated with fluid retention

  • Tingling and numbness

  • Low levels of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism)

Other possible side effects of Omnitrope are:

  • Return of tumors or cancerous growths

  • Worsening of pre-existing curvature of the spine in children (scoliosis)

  • Gasping syndrome (decreased rate of breathing) in children from high levels of benzyl alcohol (an inactive ingredient)

  • Headaches, changes in vision, nausea, or vomiting (these may be symptoms of raised pressure in the brain, which requires immediate medical attention)

  • Increased ear infections and ear disorders in children with Turner syndrome; check for cardiovascular disorders (hypertension, stroke)

  • Increased mortality in patients with Prader-Willi syndrome and acute illness

  • Hip and knee pain or a limp in children, which can be a sign of slipped capital femoral epiphysis

  • Intense pain and tenderness in the abdomen as a consequence of an inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA

Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088. To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Sandoz Inc. at 1-800-525-8747 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or


Questions about Omnitrope?


To learn more about Omnitrope and our comprehensive patient support services, see our FAQ page for frequently asked questions about Omnitrope.


Contact Us

You can also call our OmniSource team at the number below. We can walk you through the process of getting started with Omnitrope.

Available: Monday – Friday, 8AM – 8PM ET

Phone: 877-456-6794