People going through treatment for growth hormone deficiency often have questions about the human growth hormone (HGH) the doctor prescribes. For example, one might wonder if Somatropin is a good HGH. A doctor with HealthGAINS can evaluate whether Somatropin is good for each individual patient.
Overview of Somatropin
According to the Prescriber’s Digital Reference (PDR), formerly the Physician’s Desk Reference, Somatropin is an injectable prescription drug. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency and several other conditions. Somatropin is a replacement for somatotropin, which is the hormone the body produces naturally.
The PDR says that HGH is a treatment for childhood or adult-onset growth hormone deficiency. Adults can develop growth hormone deficiency from hypopituitarism caused by disorders of the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus, trauma, surgery, or radiation.
Somatropin comes in several brand names, including:
Different brand names offer a variety of dosage amounts. If a person has growth hormone deficiency, a physician with HealthGAINS can determine the correct dosage, brand, and treatment plan to meet the patient’s needs and goals. According to Drugs.com, somatropin is a synthetic form of HGH.
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What Growth Hormone Does for the Body
Growth hormone regulates the body’s metabolism, increases the production of protein in the body, prompts the body to use fat, and increases blood sugar levels, and manages how the body reacts to insulin. When the body stops producing growth hormone or decreases the levels, people can see negative results.
Symptoms of Growth Hormone Deficiency
When the pituitary gland does not make enough of one or more hormones, the person has hypopituitarism, according to the Mayo Clinic. Growth hormone (GH) deficiency is one form of hypopituitarism. Adults with GH deficiency can experience these symptoms:
- Chronic lack of energy
- Increased accumulation of fat around the waistline
- Decreased muscle mass
- Weak muscles
These changes can lead to depression, lack of interest in social activities, and loss of motivation. Many people assume that these things happen as an inevitable part of aging, but if the person has growth hormone deficiency, these conditions can improve with appropriate treatment.
How Human Growth Hormone Helps the Body
The Mayo Clinic says that prescription HGH treatments can lead to these benefits for people with growth hormone deficiency:
- Improvement in the body’s ability to burn off unwanted fat
- Rebuilding lost muscle mass
- Correction of irregular distribution of fat on the body
- Stronger bones, with resulting protection from fractures
- More energy to work out and get positive outcomes from exercise
Patients Must Use Injectable HGH
The Mayo Clinic confirms that HGH only comes in an injectable form that must be obtained via prescription. For best results, the patient should follow the prescribing doctor’s instructions and not alter the dose without consulting their HealthGAINS team. It can be tempting to increase the dosage when a person starts noticing desired results, but too much HGH can be as much a problem as GH deficiency. The team at HealthGAINS knows the appropriate dosage for an individual patient.
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How to Get Evaluated for Human Growth Hormone Deficiency
At HealthGAINS, the health of our patients is our priority. Our doctors perform thorough workups of patients before prescribing any medication, including HGH. We will take a detailed medical history, do an examination, run lab tests, and talk with each patient about their symptoms and goals.
Once you have completed your diagnostics, our expert team of on-site staff will evaluate and work with you and your doctor to design a treatment plan tailored to the individual’s goals which is typically when costs and potential benefits are discussed.
At HealthGAINS, we only use the highest quality, bio-identical prescription HGH. Our staff on site oversee the therapy and can adjust the treatment parameters in real-time, meaning patients are able to achieve their goals faster than without a personalized plan.
People interested in finding out whether they have growth hormone deficiency can call us today at (305) 682-1818 to get started. Our staff on site can answer questions at the free initial consultation. There is no obligation. We have offices located across the United States for the convenience of our clients.