Somatropin falls under the classification of peptide hormone and as a growth stimulant. Often, the body stops producing growth hormone due to injury to the pituitary gland or other reasons. This results in low or no production at all of HGH, which in turn, affects bodily growth in children. The effects of this can be seen much later in life, among adults as well.
How does it work?
The synthetic version of the hormone has been created in the lab and it works much the same way in the body. This version is identical in its structural makeup and has all 191 amino acids. Since it is intended to treat growth deficiencies in children with growth failure, it is illegal to use it in enhancing athletic performance, without a prescription. It can however, be obtained for use from a physician and used under supervision.
It is used to treat a number of health conditions and deficiencies that occur due to trauma, disease or injury. Some of the common conditions are
- Turner Syndrome in girls
- Noonan Syndrome which is a genetic problem resulting in the abnormal development of some parts of the body
- Short stature
- Chronic problems such as kidney failure
It is often recommended as a treatment for adults who get a diagnosis of growth hormone deficiencies which occur as they grow older. Like most drugs, Somatropin can result in side effects and also cause adverse reactions in some people. As far as use is concerned, it is best for users to follow manufacturer and doctor instructions to ward off potential life threatening issues. Some side effects include:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Nerve pain in a specific area or a complete pathway
- Elevated cholesterol levels
Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
- Depending on the brand, users can find out how much they have to use. It will depend on factors like condition being treated, age and weight. Patients are cautioned to follow all the instructions set forth by the manufacturer. Using higher doses can lead to serious health problems.
- Be aware that it has to be injected directly into muscle or under the skin. Ask a doctor or nurse for guidance. Try to vary injection sites so that a particular area doesn’t harden or discolor.
- Use disposable needles/syringes only once. Make sure to dispose of these properly, as per state laws.
- Make sure to get blood tests done on a regular basis to check for progress. If you are getting treated for short bowel syndrome, follow the diet plan prescribed to avoid problems.
- Make sure to store the medicine properly and dilute well as per instructions. Dilution will be required based on the brand prescribed. Do not use if it is past expiry date
- Talk to your doctor if you have missed 3 doses or more in a row.
- Be aware of drug interactions. Talk to your doctor if you are taking birth control pills, diabetes medication, steriods or are on HRT.