Any synthetically produced growth hormone made from recombinant DNA is known as Somatropin. The human body’s pituitary gland is responsible for the biological production and secretion of human growth hormones. However, some pituitary disorders may disable the gland from secreting the right amount or any amount of these hormones. Somatropin may be injected subcutaneously in order to treat the effects caused from growth hormone deficiencies.
What does Somatropin do?
Growth hormones perform several vital functions in the human body. Although synthetically produced, Somatropin is identical to growth hormones produced in the human body and can therefore perform the same functions as endogenous hormones. Typically, Somatropin is used to treat growth hormone deficiencies in children as well as adults.
Children, born with specific genetic disorders such as Prader-Willi syndrome or Turner syndrome, suffer from several different symptoms throughout the course of their lives. These symptoms range from physical mutations like bloated chests, puffy limbs, webbed body parts, and other abnormalities. They may also suffer from psychological abnormalities like eating disorders, depression, anxiety, etc. Human growth hormones like Somatropin are prescribed to children suffering from these conditions as they induce cell reproduction, increase the process of lyposis, increase lean muscle mass, increase bone densities, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular conditions.
Somatropin is also used to treat adults with growth hormone deficiencies. Adults who suffer from low levels of testosterone may experience a condition of hypogonadism that manifests itself through several symptoms, similar to that of children. Somatropin, by mimicking the effects of endogenously produced hormones can help alleviate these symptoms and can help patients vastly improve their quality of life.
Somatropin is also used to treat children with renal diseases and complications. Because the kidneys are vital in the distribution of growth hormones, complications to the kidneys will result in growth retardation. Injections of Somatropin may help the growth of children naturally, while the child is treated separately for the renal disease.
Somatropin is also used often to treat HIV and AIDS-wasting. Somatropin increases lean muscle mass and body mass. This increase in strength leads to increased vitality, energy, and endurance. Somatropin is also known to improve mental well-being in patients suffering from cachexia.
What are its side-effects?
Somatropin may have several side-effects, some more dangerous than others. In children and adults, Somatropin has been known to cause joint pains, muscle aches, swelling of joints, increased fluid retention, and increased glucose levels. An increase in glucose levels is a result of high insulin resistance and low glucose metabolism. This increases the chance of developing diabetes. Children have also remarked that they have experienced dizziness, vomiting, and other mild symptoms.
Where is it manufactured?
Somatropin is manufactured by many pharmaceuticals, across the world under different brand names. The only difference between the drugs is in the process by which the drug is manufactured, and thus in the purity of the hormone. Every brand retails this drug for a different price.