Developed during the 1980's, recombinant Human Growth Hormone is a drug identical to natural Human Growth Hormone, which is produced by the pituitary gland. This drug works by stimulating growth, cell reproduction, and regeneration. Additionally, it works by raising the concentration of glucose and free fatty acids while also stimulating the production of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1).
You will find a large number of hormones and drugs that fall within the classification of Recombinant Human Growth Hormones. Some of these include:
In all cases, the generic name for this drug is Somatropin.
Recombinant Human Growth Hormone is mainly used for replacement therapy. This is indicated in those individuals having unusual deficiencies in this particular hormone. Such conditions may be either childhood-onset or adult-onset, especially in the case of an acquired pituitary tumor.
This type of drug is also used for conditions not related to Growth Hormone deficiency, primarily issues that lead to short stature. Examples include Turner syndrome, chronic renal failure, and severe idiopathic short stature. There are also situations like AIDS where this drug has been used in order to prevent the wasting of muscle mass.
There are also a number of non-FDA-approved uses. Many athletes have attempted to use Human Growth Hormone in an effort to enhance muscle building and improve athletic performance. In some cases, this drug is combined with anabolic steroids to increase the effects of both substances. Other people try this medication in the hope of reversing age-related bodily deterioration, although these claims are currently unproven.
Numerous side effects of using Recombinant Human Growth Hormone have been reported. Some of these include:
In other cases, the usage of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone may increase the risk of several dangerous conditions. Some research has suggested Diabetes is a very real possibility, especially with longer term usage. These drugs may also result or contribute to the development of a cancerous tumor. There is also the possibility of the body producing an immune response against this drug and perhaps even having natural Human Growth Hormone production be reduced or shut down completely.
A further danger is that you might obtain counterfeit drugs. In such a case, you would have no way of telling what you really are using. Using any unapproved product is dangerous, but many people seem to be put off by the high cost and search for a 'cheaper' solution.
The main type of drug interactions to watch out for if you are taking Recombinant Human Growth Hormone under the care of a doctor is insulin and other diabetes medications. Since both of these drugs are likely to affect your blood sugar levels, this may require a dose adjustment (of one or both) in order to effectively control diabetes.
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