The pituitary gland is responsible for the production and secretion of real, human growth hormones that incite several processes related to growth in the human body. Without these hormones, the human body may become victim to several complications that greatly affect one’s quality of life. Zomacton is a form of Somatropin, a synthetically produced growth hormone that imitates the natural hormone produced by the pituitary gland. It is administered via injection.
How does Zomacton function?
Growth hormone deficiency is a condition where a disorder of the pituitary gland disables it from producing adequate quantities of human growth hormones required for the development of a child, both physiologically as well as psychologically. Children with growth hormone deficiencies will experience increased adipose tissue build-up causing them to put on excessive amounts of weight without reason. Lower muscle mass and bone densities are also symptoms of GHD. Moreover a child’s cholesterol profile will also be negatively affected, with higher amounts of LDL being stored rather than HDL.
Zomacton, acting as a natural growth hormone, has the capacity to alleviate these symptoms by inducing an increase in muscle mass, bone density, and cartilage growth. Patients, under the treatment of Zomacton, are likely to experience an increase in strength, energy, and general well-being. Patients have also stated that the hormone helps in dealing with psychological symptoms like depression which may manifest itself through eating disorders. Zomacton also reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases in the future.
Beyond treatment of GHD, Zomacton is also used to combat conditions like Turner’s syndrome in young females. Turner’s syndrome is a genetic disorder that can lead to short stature, an abnormal swelling of limbs and other areas of the body, amenorrhea, and dysfunctional reproductive organs, among others. The condition also increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, vision and hearing impairment, and autoimmune disease. Zomacton is known to stem the spread of this condition, increase cell reproduction, and increase the rate of growth. Zomacton is also used to treat babies who exhibit lesser than normal rates of growth.
What are its side effects?
Zomacton is known to cause some undesirable effects. Some of these effects include headaches, nausea, insomnia, hypothyroidism, and edema in select areas. More serious effects could include fluid retention that causes swelling of limbs and joints, glucose tolerance that increases the chance of diabetes, and hypomania. It is advised not to treat Prader-Willi syndrome patients with Zomacton, as it has been known to cause serious lung and renal complications that may lead to death.
Where is it manufactured?
Zomacton is manufactured by Ferring Pharmaceuticals using Protein Secretion technology. It has been approved by the FDA in the treatment of GHD in children and adults. Zomacton is sold by several independent pharmacies and clinics but generally retails between $90 and $230 per IU.