What is Human Growth Hormone?

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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 14 5
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 8 5
Growth hormone deficiency 5 2
Improve flexibility/strength 3 2
Prader-Willi syndrome 3 2
Exercise intolerance 2 1

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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 22

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Human Growth Hormone

Dosage Patients
0.3 mg daily 1
1.5 mg daily 1
5 mg/1.5 mL daily 1
3.3 mg daily 1
8 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Human Growth Hormone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 6
Expense 5
Doctor's advice 4
Course of treatment ended 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
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Human Growth Hormone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 19
Usually 4
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$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

Feb 1, 2011 (Started May 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.15 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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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