Growth Hormone Deficiency Treatment and Medications
Unlike other illnesses and health concerns that can have a wide range of treatments for a doctor to select from, growth hormone deficiency treatment consists of using HGH injections to increase the amount of available human growth hormones for the body’s use. There are options that can be selected from in terms of brands and injector styles – but all will still be bioidentical HGH.
Injections of HGH are typically administered on a daily basis. Depending upon brand selection, a person can choose from the standard vial and syringe options, or an injector pen – styles vary from brand to brand. Some are self-contained units that come preloaded with medication that has already been measured and mixed while others feature interchangeable cartridges of HGH powder and bacteriostatic solution ready to be combined. There are even single-dose, disposable syringes that do not require constant refrigeration.
Some companies market products that they claim to accomplish much the same as what HGH deficiency treatment will do, however, this is not factual. These items include:
- HGH drops
- HGH pills
- HGH sprays
- HGH patches
None of these contain any real human growth hormones. They are merely some type of homeopathic version of an amino acid blend meant to stimulate the pituitary gland into secreting an increased amount of GH. Numerous studies have proven that these items do not work. The HGH molecule itself is too large to penetrate through the skin or nasal and oral membranes. If taken by mouth, it would be destroyed by the body’s own natural digestive processes before entering the bloodstream.
Medication Used for GH Deficiency Treatment
HGH injections (somatropin) is a man-made version of the hormone somatotropin that is secreted by the pituitary gland. This bioidentical medication is similar in structure to the naturally occurring 191 amino acid, single chain polypeptide. With this identical molecular structure, HGH is easily recognizable upon administration into the body via an injection and assimilated in the same way as growth hormone.
There is no conversion or wait time before HGH performs its necessary functions. It goes right to work stimulating the various GH receptor cells throughout the body so that all required signals are received. This is how human growth hormone achieves its numerous benefits.
The most popular, and well-respected brands of HGH injections, and those prescribed by our doctors include the following:
- Eli Lilly Humatrope
- Pfizer Genotropin
- Sandoz Omnitrope
- Novo Nordisk Norditropin
- EMD Serono Saizen
In addition to the above-mentioned HGH brands, there are also many others that are produced around the world, some in less than desirable conditions. HGH is a medication that is frequently counterfeited, and care must be taken only to purchase this drug from US doctors and licensed pharmacies with a valid prescription.
Another option for some adults is Geref Sermorelin – also known as sermorelin acetate. This medication helps to stimulate the pituitary gland to release growth hormone. There are two main forms of sermorelin – GHRP 2 and GHRP 6. Growth hormone releasing peptide -2 is viewed as the superior long-term choice, although some people may receive better results from the secretagogue growth hormone releasing peptide – 6. It is possible to receive a combination approach to treatment to maximize the results. Similar benefits to HGH therapy are often achieved with this medication – especially for adults who are not severely deficient in growth hormone at this time.
Growth Hormone Deficiency Treatment Benefits
The purpose of receiving treatment for growth hormone deficiency is to reverse and eliminate the symptoms that are associated with this condition. In order to achieve the desired results, a clear diagnosis must first be made.
Blood testing is used to diagnose GH decline, and then to calculate the dosage that is required by each individual based on personal needs. The findings from a physical exam and medical questionnaire are also used in this process.
Once diagnosed, an adult who is prescribed HGH therapy for growth hormone deficiency can expect to receive the following benefits:
- Improved focus, memory, and cognitive functions
- Increased energy and endurance
- Stronger bones with reduced joint pains and stiffness
- Better metabolic function and weight loss
- Increased lean body mass (muscle)
- Sharper eyesight
- Tighter, firmer skin with reduced signs of wrinkles and sagging
- Stronger immune system functions and decreased recovery time
- Better sleep
- Enhanced sexual desire, arousal, and pleasure
- Thicker hair
- Stronger nails
- Lower LDL cholesterol
- Improved cardiac output and capacity
- Better mood and outlook
Growth Hormone Deficiency Treatment Side Effects
There are very few risks involved with HGH therapy – so long as it is prescribed by a knowledgeable and experienced doctor following blood testing and physical examination. In rare cases, there have been some reported growth hormone deficiency treatment side effects, but these are easily reversed by having the doctor lower the dosage of medication.
Possible side effects of HGH injections include:
- Redness, soreness, or discomfort at the injection site
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Joint or muscle pain
- Edema – swelling
- High cholesterol
The last two side effects listed above – high cholesterol and diabetes – are extremely rare, and mostly occur when a dosage that is much higher than needed is administered for an extended time.
The hormone replacement therapy specialists at National HRT® offer blood testing, diagnosis, and treatment for a variety of hormonal imbalances and deficiencies. Adults throughout the US can find all the help and answers that they need from our national clinic. Please contact us directly for a free consultation.