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The following experiences are not from actual patients, but reflect possible symptoms in people with HIV-associated wasting. If you can relate to either of these stories, ask your healthcare provider about HIV-associated wasting and treatments that may help.

If you’re HIV positive and experiencing decreased physical endurance and unintentional weight loss…

Can you relate to these stories?

Based on hypothetical patient. Not actual patient. Model is for illustrative purposes only.

His story:
“I wasn’t sure what was wrong with me. For several months, I hadn’t been feeling well. My friends kept saying I looked thinner and asking if I was sick. They were right—I had lost weight. My clothing felt different on me, and I didn’t have my usual level of energy. Finally I went to my doctor. Feeling optimistic about the future is what inspires me to keep taking my HIV meds. But the combination of my weight loss and my lack of endurance is an issue. Activities are more difficult to perform. I’m wondering if there is anything I can do—anything that might help make a difference.”

Individual experiences may vary from person to person.
Based on hypothetical patient. Not actual patient. Model is for illustrative purposes only.

Her story:
“At my last doctor’s appointment, I was told I should be really happy with my progress. I’ve been keeping my appointments and taking my ARVs. I’m really proud of myself. Now that I can manage my routine, I want to work on my weight. My weight is down. I’m eating right so I can gain weight, but it’s just not happening for me. And, there are times I get tired…”

Individual experiences may vary from person to person.
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What is SEROSTIM® (somatropin) for injection?
Serostim is an injectable prescription medicine used for the treatment of HIV-positive patients with wasting or cachexia to increase lean body mass and body weight, and improve physical endurance. Treatment with antiretroviral therapy at the same time is necessary.


You should not take SEROSTIM if you have:

  • A critical illness from surgery, serious injuries, or a severe breathing problem
  • Cancer or undergoing treatment for cancer
  • Eye problems caused by diabetes
  • Allergies to growth hormone or other ingredients in Serostim vials

What should I tell my doctor before using SEROSTIM?

  • If you have cancer or had cancer in the past.
  • If you have diabetes, are at risk for getting diabetes, or have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal. New cases of type 2 diabetes have been reported in patients taking Serostim.
  • If you are allergic to growth hormone, benzyl alcohol, sucrose, phosphoric acid or sodium hydroxide.
  • If you are taking any other medicines (both prescription or over the counter), vitamins, or supplements because these medicines may affect each other. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose of Serostim or other medicines you are taking.
  • If you are nursing, pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Serostim passes into your breast milk or could harm your unborn baby.

What are the most common side effects of SEROSTIM reported in clinical trials in patients treated for HIV-associated wasting or cachexia?

  • Swelling, especially in the hands or feet or around the eyes
  • Bone, muscle, and joint pain or stiffness
  • Tingling, numbness and pain in the fingers, thumb or wrist
  • Unusual skin sensations
  • Breast enlargement in men
  • Nausea
  • Extreme tiredness

Other less common but serious side effects of SEROSTIM are:

  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia/diabetes) which can include symptoms of increased thirst and urination, tiredness, or trouble concentrating
  • Headaches, changes in vision, nausea or vomiting, which requires immediate medical attention
  • Serious allergic reactions that require immediate medical attention
  • Pain and tenderness in the abdomen

These are not all of the possible side effects. Let your doctor know about any side effects you experience. Your doctor may prescribe a pain reliever or may decrease your dose of Serostim to help manage some side effects.

How should you administer Serostim?
Patients and caregivers should be trained by a healthcare professional on how to mix and inject Serostim prior to use. Never share Serostim with another person, even if the needle is changed. Injection sites can include arms, legs, abdomen and should be changed daily. Avoid injecting Serostim in areas that are sore or bruised.

Please see the Prescribing Information for complete Serostim Risk Information.

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