Possible Side Effects of HGH Injections
Side effects of human growth hormone therapy are minimal, and the majority of people who follow a carefully prescribed treatment protocol from an expert in hormone replacement never find any adverse issues to speak of in regards to their treatment. The majority of times when an unwanted sign appears are easily traced to the body getting used to the increase in GH, or when the dosage being administered is too high.
In either case, lowering the dosage of medication should alleviate the possible side effects of HGH injections listed below:
- Edema (water retention) – some people notice a slight retention of fluid in their bodies. The face may appear a bit fuller, or the hands, fingers, feet, or toes may seem a little swollen at times. This temporary change typically disappears once the treatment has ended, or the dosage has been lowered. One caveat to this situation is that a little extra fluid retention can help to minimize the appearance of wrinkles for some people.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – when this side effect occurs, it is most common in people administering HGH injections for the first time. CTS is recognizable by the sensation of “pins and needles” or tingling in one’s fingers or palms. It can affect one or both hands. As with edema, above, it goes away after the dosage of medication has been lowered or the treatment has ended.
- Hypoglycemia – an occasional, sudden drop in sugar is possible when the body is getting used to changes in growth hormone levels. Physical activity can increase this possibility, so being prepared with some form of energy or candy bar is beneficial.
- Sleepiness/naps – some people feel the need to take short “baby naps” during the afternoon. Although most people notice an increase in energy, some may find that nodding off for a few minutes midday improves their focus and productivity.
- Joint pains and aches – after a night of inactivity during the sleep cycle, some people may experience morning aches or joint/muscle pains. This often goes away within a few minutes, or after stretching. Remember – HGH helps the body regenerate at night, and movement in the morning will help a person catch up with that process.
- Pain, itching, swelling at the injection site – there may be occasional redness or discomfort at the injection site, but this is most often only in the early stages of treatment when a person is getting used to administering injections for the first time.
Theoretical Side Effects of HGH
There are also some extremely rare, theoretical human growth hormone injection side effects. The majority of cases where these issues have occurred are when:
- A person was not honest about their current medical condition upfront before starting HGH treatment.
- Proper prescribing guidelines and blood testing were not done before treatment was given.
- A dosage higher than what was prescribed by the doctor was administered.
- No doctor authorization was secured, and the individual purchased this medication illegally on the black market.
These HGH injections side effects include:
- Growth or further development of existing cancer – since HGH therapy does enable the body to regenerate new cells at a heightened pace, it could be said that the same would occur with cancer cells. Research is not yet available in this area, and doctors do not recommend HGH injection treatments at this time for people with active cancer.
- Acromegaly – this condition is noticeable by enlargement of the skeletal bones, facial bones, organs, and fingers. It occurs mostly when a person is engaging in the use of HGH injections when there is no need, and in very large doses. Proper medical supervision can alleviate this concern.
How to Avoid or Minimize Side Effects of HGH Injections
In order to avoid or minimize any negative HGH injection side effects, an individual should only engage in treatment with human growth hormone therapy under expert doctor supervision. That means finding and working with a specialist in the field of adult hormone replacement therapy.
Although women typically turn to their gynecologists for estrogen replacement, these doctors who often focus much of their practice in obstetrics may not be as well versed in dealing with certain changes later in life. New recommendations for women seeking safe alternatives to estrogen are most likely to be found with HRT specialists who focus their practice on helping adults age in the best way possible.
The best way to reduce the risk of growth hormone injection side effects is to follow these steps:
- Always work with an expert in the field of hormone replacement
- Get a complete HRT blood work up
- Have a physical examination
- Complete a thorough medical history questionnaire/report
- Follow all instructions for HGH or other types of hormone replacement therapy as prescribed
These simple steps will reduce the risk of negative human growth hormone injections side effects while producing superior results.
The doctors and medical staff at National HRT® are here to offer support, guidance, testing, and treatment to men and women in need of hormone replacement. Call today for a free consultation.