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Is human growth hormone harmful?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy answered

Specializes in Gynecology

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.

Answered 12/3/2017

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Dr. David Miller answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

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.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Soumya Adhikari answered

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology

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.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

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.

Answered 11/28/2017

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Dr. Soumya Adhikari answered

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology

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.

Answered 11/20/2014

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