Human growth hormone, otherwise known as HGH, is one of the most important hormones in the body when it comes to development.
When taken as a drug it’s important to understand the possible HGH side effects.
Knowing what it is, how it functions in the body, and how it can affect not only growth and development, but other processes is essential before using it.
A number of HGH prescription only drugs may be recommended to children, adolescents, and seniors diagnosed with hormone deficiencies, but what about otherwise healthy adults?
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Growth hormone is classified as a hypothalamus neuro-hormone otherwise known as growth hormone-releasing hormone or GHRH.
This neuro-hormone stimulates the secretion of growth hormone.
Growth hormone (also known as somatotropin), is responsible for the stimulation of tissue and bone growth.
Human growth hormone also regulates a number of body functions including but not limited to:
Synthetically produced human growth hormone is found in a wide range of prescription drugs like Juvetrope available today, as well as a number of over-the-counter products and supplements
Somatropin has two major interactions with bexarotene and levomethadyl acetate.
Using growth hormones & Bexarotene together may increase the risk of inflammation of the pancreas or pancreatitis.
Somatropin may alter the effects of levomethadyl acetate and create a byproduct of the drug, that can potentially cause serious cardiovascular side effects such as an irregular heart rhythm.
It’s important to check with your doctor before use. Somatropin may also interact with the following drugs, as well as more than 200 other drugs.
In 1985, the Food and Drug Administration approved the development and use of synthetic human growth hormone for a number of pediatric and adult uses.
Consumers should note that many products containing HGH are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration due to their potential of side effects.
This is because they have been linked to anabolic steroids otherwise known as performance-enhancing drugs commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders to improve endurance, muscle growth, and performance.
Unfortunately, use of such products has also resulted in some harmful side effects of HGH that may occur depending on the dosage and use.
Today, a number of marketing and promotional advertisements claim that synthetic supplements can encourage the body’s own production of increased levels of the hormone.
These claims have not yet been scientifically verified, at least in adults, but they are considered safer than injections.
A number of claims regarding benefits of synthetic HGH in the form of powders, sprays, creams, and pills include:
It should be noted that the Federal Trade Commission has not been able to verify supporting clinical studies or documentation that nonprescription HGH can provide these results.
Prescription-only HGH injections may provide benefits to many users, but they’re also extremely expensive.
A number of alternatives are available on the market, but always focus on quality and safety.
Natural supplements can be safer and have fewer side effects, but it’s important to read ingredient labels, understand those ingredients and how they function in the body, as well as follow dosage recommendations.
Depending on the quality of products that can be purchased over the counter today (some legally, and others not) a person may experience a number of side effects with use.
Individuals, especially those desiring faster weight loss, enhanced muscular growth and development, and endurance may tend to increase the dosage despite warnings of possible side effects.
Side effects are especially prevalent in situations where people obtain the drug illegally. After all, you can’t verify what’s in the drug, especially depending on its origin of manufacture.
A number of side effects have been reported with use of human growth hormone. Some of the most common side effects include but are not limited to:
Some medical experts believe that use of the drug can also increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes due to its effect on metabolism and blood sugar levels, as well as development of cancerous tumors.
When used by bodybuilders, it is closely linked with anabolic steroids and sometimes extreme muscle development.
Too much in the body can lead to very serious health problems.
High levels of growth hormone can cause a medical condition known as acromegaly, which contributes to an overgrowth of tissues (mainly in the face, hands and feet), insulin resistance, and muscle weakness.
While some products are safe and can be used for a number of benefits, always err on the side of caution.
Talk to your doctor about the safety, efficacy, benefits, and drawbacks of HGH side effects on men or women, especially if you have been diagnosed with any medical condition.