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Humatrope is one of many brand name synthetically developed growth hormone drugs available on the market today.
Growth hormone (GH) is a prescription-only, controlled substance in many countries around the world.
It’s used to treat childhood-onset and adult-onset growth hormone deficiencies, but it’s also used by bodybuilders and athletes hoping to gain benefits from its use.
It makes sense that people would turn to this anabolic substance to enhance competitive performance or bodybuilding results.
It is right in the name: human growth hormone, as in growth of muscle tissue and bones.
Humatrope is appealing because it is not as strong as anabolic steroids.
But it is anabolic, and side effects do exist for this drug.
Why Use Humatrope?
Humatrope (generic somatropin) is a laboratory developed growth hormone.
It utilizes recombinant DNA technology to create a drug that replaces growth hormone that’s not manufactured or secreted in adequate amounts by the human body.
Body-produced or endogenous growth hormone is known as somatotropin.
It is manufactured in the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland, situated deep in the brain.
Growth hormone is responsible for skeletal (long bone) growth as well as growth and development of other types of cells in the human body.
In medical scenarios, it’s used for pediatric patients in growth failure scenarios linked to growth hormone deficiencies.
Adults may also undergo treatment, indicated by either childhood-onset or an adult-onset deficiency, which is typically caused by some type of damage or disease process that affects the pituitary gland.
Humatrope and other synthetic growth hormone products — regardless of brand or country of origin — are not recommended for non-medical purposes such as bodybuilding or athletic performance enhancement.
What Can a Bodybuilder Expect From Humatrope?
Humatrope is a growth hormone, and as such, makes cells in the body grow.
For bodybuilders, the emphasis is on the benefits associated with growth hormone treatment therapies, which can include but are not limited to increased:
development of lean muscle mass
production of red blood cells
retention of nitrogen in muscles
While growth hormone will make muscle cells grow, it doesn’t make them stronger.
For that reason, bodybuilders often combine injections of growth hormone with an anabolic androgenic steroid, which not only aids in muscle growth and development, but also strength.
Bodybuilders taking any form of growth hormone may experience benefits with use, but should also be prepared for potential side effects.
Putting any kind of hormone into the body when it doesn’t need it can trigger adverse reactions. Such reactions are not always dosage-dependent.
Humatrope Dosage Recommendations
Dosage recommendations for Humatrope are medically based.
In such situations, the dosage is typically recommended based on kilograms of body weight.
The overall dosage recommendation provided on a weekly basis is to be evenly divided into six to seven times (injections) during that week.
For example, a pediatric patient being treated for growth hormone deficiency may start out at a recommended dosage of Humatrope ranging 0.18 mg based on weight (kilograms) a week and up to 0.30 mg per kilograms per week.
Therefore, a daily dosage would average of 0.03 mg daily.
Humatrope is available in different forms and milligram strengths.
Typically, Humatrope is available in pre-measured cartridges manufactured for their Humatrope pen device. It looks like a magic marker with a dial that offers several dosage options.
From the manufacturer, these pre-filled cartridges for the devices typically come in:
6 mg (Gold pen)
12 mg (Teal pen)
24 mg (Purple pen)
Without a prescription, potential users of Humatrope will need to obtain it through underground labs or black-market resources.
In such cases, it is possible to purchase the pen device, but more commonly, the product will be sold in a vial of solution that requires the traditional syringe and needle application method.
Humatrope is intended for subcutaneous injection. Bodybuilders purchasing Humatrope from underground lab or black-market resources should be wary of any reconstituted solution that is cloudy or milky looking.
Genuine Humatrope reconstituted solution should be clear. If any particulate matter is seen, do not inject.
Side Effects of Humatrope
A large number of side effects are associated with Humatrope, even in medically supervised scenarios.
Individuals using the growth hormone without supervision and over recommended dosages may experience a number of short-term as well as longer-term side effects.
Even if a side effect is short-term, it can cause damage.
One of the short-term adverse reactions of overuse of growth hormone is hypoglycemia, meaning low blood sugar, which can then morph into hyperglycemia (high blood sugar or glucose levels) due to the disruption of hormones as well as insulin resistance in the body.
In some cases, development of Type 2 diabetes is a real danger.
One of the longer-term side effects of Humatrope, especially with longer usage of growth hormone (any dose that is not medically recommended) is acromegaly. This condition causes accelerated and often out-of-control growth of not only muscle cells, but bone cells and connective tissue cells typically found in joints.
Any drug can also interact with other drugs, and may be contraindicated in a number of medical scenarios.
While non-medical usage of Humatrope and other growth hormone products is not particularly uncommon in bodybuilding circles, it is not recommended nor condoned by medical professionals.