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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is human growth hormone harmful?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 36 years experience
Not: Only in excess doses. Very interesting information on growth hormone replacement. It needs to be monitored by a physician with a background in hormone therapy.
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
It can be: When properly administered and carefully supervised by an experienced physician, human growth hormone can be an excellent treatment for short stature in kids and a variety of other problems. However, when used inappropriately, it can be very dangerous and contribute to a multitude of problems --- from throwing off the hormonal balance in the body to cancer risks.
Dr. Soumya Adhikari
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
There are risks: Like most medicines, growth hormone carries a risk of side effects, and should only be taken under the supervision of a qualified physician. It has been known to increase one's risk of diabetes, risk of a certain type of hip fracture (known as scfe) and other potential problems. However, used cautiously and appropriately, it can be a very safe medication.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Children or adults?: Clearly the stigma of "shortness" is ever present. But in children, approval is given when there is a deficiency of growth hormone measured by a provocative test. Adults with growth hormone deficit, secondary to head trauma or pituitary surgery are candidates as well, but the amount given is much less, since their bone growth plates are closed. Diabetic problems are not scene in european registries.
Dr. Soumya Adhikari
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Can be: Like any medicine, growth hormone has risks involved in taking it, even at commonly prescribed doses. It can raise your blood sugar, it can cause a rise in your "intracranial pressure" and slightly increases your risks for a medical condition termed scfe (slipped capital femoral epiphysis), amongst other risks. It should always be taken under the supervision of someone comfortable with its risks.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How does human growth hormone affect you?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 41 years experience
Hgh: It increases the size of all organs. It's important during puberty for the grow of the bones. Some pituitary benign tumors may produce excessive amount causing gigantism (starting during puberal years) or acromegaly during adulthood. Hgh is used nowadays as anti aging medicine. It it is expensive and in inyectable form. It is still considered controversial to use it for that by some physicians.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Genotropin (human growth hormone) growth hormones shorts, what is this?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Alan Feldman
42 years experience
Growth hormone: Genotropin (human growth hormone) is growth hormone and is indicated in children with growth hormone deficiency to help them grow. It has much less of a role in adults, but can sometimes be helpful in adults who have had pituitary disease and have very low somatomedin C levels.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What negative effects of human growth hormone are there?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 42 years experience
All of them: There are no positive effects. Growth hormone in adults that don't need it can lead to diabetes, pancreatitis, skeletal pain, headache, gynecomastia and a host of medical problems. Plus it's very expensive, requires daily injections, isn't covered by your insurance, and would probably have to be obtained on the black market, so who knows what you'e be injecting?
A 30-year-old member asked:

What does a lack of human growth hormone cause?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Growth hormone defic: In adults it can cause fatigue, decrease muscle mass, increased fat mass, decreased activity tolerance, high cholesterol or triglycerides, osteopenia, early heart disease.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there different types of human growth hormone?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
Different brands : Most of the commercially available hgh preparations are identical. The preservative solutions may differ, the technological approach may be different: using bacteria vs mouse cells to manufacture what is really the same drug across the brands available in the us, and the mode of delivery might be different: pen vs pod vs needle/syringe. In the end, the brands in this country work the same.

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