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HGH (human growth hormone) is a hormone that is produced in the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is a small, pea sized gland in the base of the brain. HGH is produced to promote growth during childhood, and to maintain the body’s’ tissues and organs throughout your adult life.

Beginning during the onset of middle age, unfortunately, the pituitary gland doesn’t produce HGH at the same levels as in the earlier stages of growth and development. Is the slowing of the production related to aging? Some think so. Synthetic HGH is being used to treat the effects of aging, although skeptics say there is little evidence to prove it is effective.

However, HGH injections, {GENOTROPIN ® (somatropin [rDNA origin] for injection)} are being used with success for the treatment of patients who have HGH deficiency cause by pituitary adenoma, or due to the surgical or radiological treatment (radiotherapy, treatment with radiation) of the adenoma.

HGH therapyIt is believed that persons undergoing treatment with synthetic HGH benefit by an increase in bone density, muscle mass, a decrease in body fat and an overall increase in energy and stamina for an increased capacity for exercise. HGH injections are also used for patients suffering from the AIDS virus or HIV induced symptoms such as muscle wasting.

Studies of the use of HGH injections on otherwise healthy adults are very limited, but research has shown that HGH therapy increases muscle mass and also reduces body fat. HGH treatment has also been used for children with idiopathic short stature (ISS), which is growth below the “normal” range, although limitedly and with mixed results.

Child being injectedThe treatment should not be given to children after growth plates have closed. In studies of GENOTROPIN treatment in children with ISS, possible side effects may include respiratory illnesses, flu, throat infection, inflammation of the nose and throat, stomach pain, headaches, increased appetite, fever, fracture, mood changes, or joint pain.

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Treatment with HGH does have some side effects however for instance; GENOTROPIN cartridges contain m-Cresol and should not be used by patients allergic to it. In studies of GENOTROPIN use in adults with GHD, possible side effects included fluid retention, joint or muscle pain, stiffness, and changes in sensation. Usually these side effects did not last long and depended on the dose of GENOTROPIN being taken.

Doctors discussionThere have been cases of death with the use of growth hormone in children with Prader-Willi syndrome. These children were extremely overweight, had breathing problems, and/or lung infection. All patients with Prader-Willi syndrome should be examined for these problems. They should also establish healthy weight control.

In children experiencing rapid growth, limping or hip or knee pain may occur. If a child getting growth hormone therapy starts to limp or gets hip or knee pain, the child’s doctor should be notified and the child should be examined. Cases have been reported when patients have developed diabetes mellitus while using GENOTROPIN. Dosage of diabetes medicines may need to be adjusted during growth hormone treatment.

Talk to your doctor about testing if you feel you may be a candidate for HGH treatment. For more important safety information, go to GenoTropin.com.

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