HGH as a Drug—Human Growth Hormone Facts

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Before considering use or purchase of any HGH drug, some research is recommended.

HGH – human growth hormone – is used in a number of medical treatments.

It’s a prescription-only drug that is only recommended for treatment of growth hormone deficiencies.

While it is not recommended nor condoned for non-medical purposes, bodybuilders around the world have turned to it as a valuable component of their muscle-building, physique as well as performance enhancement efforts.

Three things to know about HGH drug types include:

What is it and what does it do?

What types or forms of HGH are available today?

Does synthetic HGH cause side effects?

These are the questions we will seek to answer in this article.

What Are HGH Drugs and What Does They Do?

HGH is normally manufactured in sufficient amounts by the pituitary ground, located in the brain.

If damage or disease prevents such production, a doctor may recommend treatment with synthetic or laboratory-developed growth hormone.

The synthetic version (somatropin) is manufactured to be identical in structure as endogenous or body-produced growth hormone.

What exactly does HGH or an HGH drug “substitute” do? Growth hormone is responsible for more than linear bone growth and development in children and adolescents.

Growth hormone has a number of important influences on the adult body as well:

Growth and development of muscle, connective tissues, and bones (strength as well as stature)

Has an influence over certain aspects of brain function such as cognition, synthesis of neural cells, and in providing protection for neural cells and may prove beneficial in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Lou Gehrig’s disease[1]

Plays a role in tissue rejuvenation, repair, and replication

Is involved in numerous body systems that include digestion, metabolism, for cardiovascular, and endocrine functions

Increases bone density or mass, which helps to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis

Improves stamina, the energy or capacity in muscle, increasing endurance

Boosts production of protein and enzymes, vital and necessary ingredients for development of new muscle

Enhances healing, which, for a bodybuilder, contributes to faster post-workout recovery and healing in the event of a muscle tear or injury

Some of these benefits of HGH are shared by patients and athletes who use the substance without a prescription or medical need, but results as well as side effects can differ depending on scenario.

HGH Drug Types Available Today

HGH is available in a number of forms today. Originally, it was an injection only drug, intended for subcutaneous or intramuscular delivery. Just a few brands today include:





The type of HGH drug recommended by a physician depends on the condition being treated. Common medical conditions treated with HGH include:

Childhood or adult growth hormone deficiencies

Cachexia related to muscle wasting associated with HIV/AIDS

Burn patients, in which case growth hormone aids the development of new muscle and retention of nitrogen in that muscle, inhibiting cachexia

Chronic renal failure

A number of childhood related disease processes

HGH injections are still the most common, but developments and advancements have provided other options, including topical ornaments.

HGH is also readily available in pill or tablet form, although efficacy and ingredients differ widely.

Over two dozen brand name growth hormone drugs are available on the market today, as manufactured by legitimate pharmaceutical companies such as Merck and Pfizer.

In medical as well as non-medical usage scenarios, injection HGH drug types are still the most common and popular in regard to efficacy over creams and oral forms including sprays, tablets, or pills.

Bioavailability or effectiveness of the different forms are also an important consideration prior to use.

In medically supervised scenarios, HGH drug types tend to lean toward the injections, although some patients who don’t want injections have the option of topical creams or lotions.

In most cases, an HGH drug in pill or tablet form is most commonly a nutritional or sports supplement.

It won’t contain growth hormone per se, but a number of amino acids and other natural ingredients that are designed to support the pituitary gland in its production of growth hormone rather than replacing it.

Note: For true efficacy in growth hormone therapy treatments, prescription-strength HGH drug injections are recommended over other forms and provide greater immediacy and results for efficacy.

What About Side Effects?

Any form, type, or milligram strength of an HGH drug can contribute to negative reactions.

Age, gender, dosage, and frequency of dosage can contribute to common, mild and transitory side effects as well as those that are more serious.

Side effects associated with HGH drug use can range from headaches to insomnia, disruptive hormone levels, to cardiovascular problems.

Before considering use of any HGH drug, whether it’s through a prescription or purchased from an underground lab or online website, take the time to research and carefully weigh the pros and cons of use.

Most HGH drug forms are very potent, and while effective in promoting muscle growth, can also trigger unexpected reactions in the body.

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