Human Growth Hormone Injections
The medical term for the human growth hormone made naturally by the pituitary gland is Somatotropin. The synthetic (recombinant) HGH used for injection is called Somatropin (generic term).
HGH For Injection is one of the most expensive drugs with a cost that usually ranges between $800 and $3,000 per month, with high quality U.S. brands such as Eli Lilly's Humatrope and Genentech's Nutropin costing more than brands obtained from China and other countries.
It is a powder that must be reconstituted with bacteriostatic water just prior to injection. It must be refrigerated and remains stable for only a short time after reconstitution.
Pharmaceutical companies have now also come out with convenient pre-filled injectable pens.
A prescription is always required.
Human growth hormone is not an anabolic steroid but it has similar effects. Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that do not exist in nature, HGH is made naturally by the pituitary gland in the body.
The injections have become popular among athletes trying to build strength and muscle the easy way because it cannot be detected in urine tests and can be detected in blood for only 24-36 hours after injections. There is however a new test in the works that is said to be able to detect synthetic growth hormone for up to 21 days.
The safety of synthetic human growth hormone injections continues to be a concern regarding cancer risks since some other forms of synthetic hormone replacement have caused an increase in the risk of cancer.
HGH injections can also cause serious side effects such as acromegaly, fluid retention, enlarged breasts in males, painful joints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and liver damage when taken inappropriately.
Dosages For HGH Injections
The amount of HGH used by Dr. Daniel Rudman in his 1990 study, 16.5 IU (international units) divided into 3 doses per week, is now considered too much due to the side effects seen. The latest studies suggest that benefits can be obtained while lowering the risk of side effects by giving smaller, more frequent doses.
Lower doses such as 4-8 IU per week are prescribed and are divided into 2 doses per day for 5 or 6 days a week. Patients are taught to give themselves a subcutaneous injection upon arising in the morning and at bedtime. No injections are taken 1 or 2 days a week.
The proper dose should be prescribed individually depending on the age and condition of the patient. Qualified physicians begin with low doses such as 0.5 IU per day and slowly increase the patient's dosage in 0.5 IU monthly increments as needed based on their IGF-1 blood level.
It should be noted that usually the older the patient the more sensitive they are, so older patients may require a smaller dose than younger patients. Some authorities believe that dosages of over 2 IU per day will cause side effects.
HGH Injections Not the Only Effective Therapy
Despite what those selling the injections may claim, you don't have to take injections to receive the benefits of human growth hormone.
Leading physicians recommend taking non-injectable HGH products to increase human growth hormone naturally and safely, and the injections should only be used as a last resort. (See books written about human growth hormone).
Lisa Wells, RN
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