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Over two dozen brand-name synthetic growth hormone products are manufactured today.
Genotropin growth hormone happens to be one of them.
In medical scenarios, Genotropin is mainly intended for use by children diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency that contributes to dwarfism.
It is also used to treat a number of other conditions, again mainly in children whose pituitary glands are not manufacturing or secreting properly for adequate growth and development as measured by their peers.
In this regard, growth hormone is more focused on long bone growth.
Genotropin Growth Hormone Bodybuilding
Bodybuilders also often turn to Genotropin growth hormone products to accelerate muscle growth efforts.
While such usage may provide some benefits for many, it also triggers a number of unexpected side effects.
Medical professionals don’t condone the use of growth hormone for non-medical purposes such as improved athleticism or accelerated muscle growth because of the side effects.
What is Genotropin growth hormone?
Genotropin is defined as a type of protein hormone that has been manufactured to identically match the growth hormone produced by the pituitary gland.
Human growth hormone made in the pituitary is (located in the brain) is known as somatotropin.
What is Somatropin?
The generic term for Genotropin growth hormone and others like it is somatropin.
Genotropin, is indicated only for growth hormone deficiency treatments in children with a low output of growth hormone from the pituitary gland – and some adults with either childhood-onset or adult-onset growth hormone deficiencies.
How does it work? Genotropin is manufactured utilizing recombinant DNA technology. It contains the identical 191 amino acid chain sequence and structure as that produced by the pituitary gland in the brain.
Genotropin growth hormone (and other types of growth hormone) are known for their ability to bind to growth hormone receptors found inside the cellular membranes of specific target tissues, such as muscle or bone.
Growth hormone also influences metabolism of lipids, minerals, and carbohydrates in the body. It also triggers growth of connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments.
Bodybuilders considering use of growth hormone should be aware that it affects more than just bone and muscle growth. Growth hormone also influences cellular and organ growth.
In some cases, this growth can cause damage to the organs or their ability to function, especially the heart muscle.
Acromegaly is always a possibility with use of unsupervised growth hormone, leading to permanent damage to appearance as well as functional mobility in certain joints.
In medical treatment scenarios, adult growth hormone deficiency treatments with Genotropin growth hormone is either weight-based or non-weight-based.
Weight-based dosages start at 0.005 mg per kilogram subcutaneously daily – not to exceed 0.01 mg per kilogram daily after four weeks.
Non-weight-based dosages start at 0.2 mg daily (average range 0.15 to 0.30 mg daily) and can gradually increase over the next four to eight weeks in very small increments 0.1 mg to 0.2 mg daily.
Genotropin Bodybuilding Dosage
Bodybuilders often take higher dosages, ranging one international unit (IU) to six IUs daily for as long as six to 24 weeks. One IU converts to approximately .33 mg.
At the highest range (six IU daily), a bodybuilder is injecting approximately 2 mg of growth hormone into the body on a daily basis. This is at the top of the range for the non-weight-based dosage recommendations provided by the manufacturer.
Injecting growth hormone into the body when it doesn’t need it, and especially at higher than recommended dosages, can trigger a number of side effects.
Genotropin Side Effects
Any growth hormone product can contribute to a number of side effects, even when carefully dosed and supervised.
The most frequent types of side effects associated with Genotropin (in medical scenarios) include:
Pain at the injection site, and general muscle and joint aches
Swelling in the extremities caused by fluid retention
Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing should use extreme caution. Negative influence of growth hormone in such situations has not been determined.
Genotropin growth hormone is effective and does work, but taking it for non-medical reasons can – and often does – trigger mild to severe and long-term health and wellness issues for many.