What is Human Growth Hormone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Human growth hormone stimulates growth of linear bone, skeletal muscle, and organs; stimulates erythropoietin which increases red blood cell mass. It is usually given via injections but studies have been done using an inhalant formulation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pituitary Deficiency 13 4
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 8 5
Growth Hormone Deficiency 5 2
Improve flexibility/strength 3 2
Prader Willi Syndrome 3 2
Fatigue 2 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 3
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Human Growth Hormone

Side effect Patients
Headaches 1
Injection site pain 1
Joint pain 1
Muscle pain 1
Nausea 1
Trigger finger 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Human Growth Hormone

Dosage Patients
0.4 mg daily 1
0.9 mg daily 1
1 intl units daily 1
1.5 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Human Growth Hormone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 5
Expense 5
Course of treatment ended 3
Doctor's advice 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Other 2
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently taking Human Growth Hormone

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Human Growth Hormone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 18
Usually 4
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 3
$50-99 2
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 13
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3 patient evaluations for Human Growth Hormone

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rilufool
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rilufool
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: severe
I have:
ALS

See rilufool's full Human Growth Hormone history

Feb 1, 2011 (Started May 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.15 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
safetrek
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safetrek
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:
ALS

See safetrek's full Human Growth Hormone history

Jan 28, 2011 (Started Aug 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1.8 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
scot7371
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scot7371
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I have:
ALS

See scot7371's full Human Growth Hormone history

Nov 18, 2009 (Started Aug 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Improve flexibility/strength)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 other Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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