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Human Growth Hormone Medication
What do you suggest if my son is taking the growth hormone drug, norditropin, (human growth hormone) and after 3 months is getting ringworm constantly.?
Likely unrelated: The side effect profile of growth hormone includes dry skin and rash, but susceptibility to ringworm is not related to use of growth hormone. More likely, he is being exposed to a classmate, or an animal with a ringworm and constantly getting reinfected. Also, has it been diagnosed by his doc as a ringworm? Some forms of eczema look a lot like ringworm! See your doc for definitive answers. ...Read more
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
I take an injectible, serostim (human growth hormone) for cachexia, before I have taken the drug for 24 mo. Prior, can I expect similar results from this dosing schedule?
Maybe, maybe not: The same person, taking the same dose of hormone as in the past, after a break of some months, should be able to get similar effects if he is really the same person . . . Meaning that he has not changed much in disease status or severity, body weight, lab test results, dietary habits, exercise habits, other meds, etc... Otherwise, he may have more or less response to the same old medication. ...Read more
My son is taking the growth hormone drug, norditropin, (human growth hormone) and after 3 months is getting ringworm constantly. Any way to prevent this from happening?
Species specific: Hi. Growth hormone is one of the rare hormones with species specificity. Insulin from cows, pigs, and salmon work in humans. Not so with growth hormone. Other species' growth hormones will not bind to and activate the human growth hormone receptor. Human growth hormone is the human gene expressed in bacteria. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low HGH: The origin of adult low HGH may be congenital or acquired. The most common cause of low HGH (representing two-thirds of cases) are pituitary and parasellar tumors, for 15% of cases, the cause is unknown, and about 20% of cases are from extrapituitary tumors, and 5% from infiltrative or inflammatory lesions. Also, as we age, the levels of HGH decrease. ...Read more
FDA approved: There are many approved uses of hgh for growing children outside of gh deficiency. Just for example some indications: turner's syndrome, prader willi syndrome, small for gestational age with failure to catch up, renal failure and growth failure, idiopathic small stature. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No reason to: There is an immense amount of nonsense on the internet about human growth hormone. There are some bona fide reasons to use it, such as any premie with IUGR may benefit for catch-up growth and to attain a normal adult height. If a full grown man takes it, it may cause acromegaly (think of the James Bond "Jaws") because bones can't grow longer, just wider. An endocrinologist can evaluate if ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If don't need, yes.: If you are an appropriate candidate for it, such as short stature syndrome, growth hormone deficiency from various causes, then it won't be hard on you. It will improve your short stature, and whatever goes with that, like how others see you, and therefore self-esteem. Oh, i'd the injections are what your thinking about, the needles for subcutaneous are so fine, barely feel it. ...Read more
@ your age=none: Growth requires open growth centers in the bones. These generally close in men by 18-20 or women sooner. Once they close growth hormone does not make them open or the person grow taller. If a kid of 9 has bone maturity of a 6 yo & a deficiency of HGH, treatment may allow him to reach a normal height. A kid with a bone maturity of 17 given HGH would maybe grow a little, but not much. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Endocrinologist : Endocrinologists care for adult patients with gh deficiency. A prescription for hgh, based on careful evaluation of a gh deficient patient, is usually submitted to a specialty pharmacy (at least in western pa this is how it's done). In western pa none of the hgh preparations are available through regular pharmacies. ...Read more
May sting a little: All gh preparations work pretty much the same. The preservative in some of them may burn a little when injected. However, patients get used to it and in general it doesn't bother most people. We have lots of patients on Nutropin (human growth hormone) aq and have never had to switch brands because of discomfort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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