Genotropin is a man-made form of a growth hormone that is secreted in the human body. Genotropin is made using Secretion Technology, and is therefore identical to the hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. Genotropin is generally prescribed to children with particular growth disorders but is also used by adults with growth hormone deficiencies.
What does Genotropin do?
Growth hormone treatments are typically used to increase cell reproduction and boost growth in children. In the case of adults, deficiencies of a particular hormone may induce a multitude of symptoms that diminish their physiological and psychological well-being. These symptoms may include increased increase in fatty tissue, reduction in muscle and bone mass, a worsening of lipid and cholesterol profiles, depression, and several others. The hormone, Genotropin, is injected under supervision of a qualified medical professional, to curtail these symptoms. Patients, who have been administered the drug, have experienced an increase in energy levels, increases in bone density, increases in muscle mass, reduction of fatty tissue, improvements in cholesterol profiles, and good mental health.
Genotropin is used mostly to treat growth disorders in children though. It is typically prescribed to children who are unable to secrete the hormone on their own. It is also used in the treatment of a condition known as Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that results in diminished growth, both physically and mentally. It is also used to treat another genetic disorder called Turner syndrome that exists in females. Babies, who are born small for their gestational age, are also treated with the hormone. It is also prescribed to children who exhibit a rate of growth that is unusually low for their age.
What are its side effects?
Genotropin, although quite successful, has the potential to cause several side effects. Patients have had allergic reactions at the injection site. Moreover, growth hormones typically increase the risk of diabetes as well. Patients have reported an increased pressure in the brain causing pain, headaches and in some cases even impaired vision. It is not advised for children who have survived cancer to proceed with Genotropin treatment, due to risk of developing a tumor. Other side effects include swelling of the joints, joint pain, fat loss, fluid retention, and a possible increased risk of scoliosis.
Where is Genotropin manufactured?
Genotropin is a trademark product of pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer. It is produced in the purest form using a patented technology. The price of Genotropin may vary from clinic to clinic. Typically though, it ranges from between $120 to $190 per IU.