Humatrope is a man-made growth hormone that is used to treat patients dealing with growth hormone deficiency. While it is generally prescribed to children who have pituitary complications, and so cannot produce the hormone on their own, it is also used to treat adults who have growth hormone deficiencies. Humatrope is administered via injections.
What Humatrope does
Growth hormone deficiency is a condition where the pituitary gland in the human body stops producing and secreting essential hormones required in the reproduction of cells and general growth. When this happens, the lack of hormones produced causes several complications to arise in the human body. Beyond the psychological and mental effects the deficiency causes, like depression, anxiety, etc. among adults, it also leads to many physical problems like increases in fatty tissue build-up, dangerous cholesterol levels, increased chances of cardiovascular disease, low muscle and bone mass, and several other symptoms. These symptoms are most common in adults.
In the case of children, the effect of growth hormone deficiency can be more drastic. Physical conditions like dwarfism, swelling of the limbs, obesity, etc. can arise from this deficiency. It is also likely to cause mental imbalance.
Humatrope, through exogenous administration, is identical to the hormone secreted by the pituitary gland and thus combats these conditions. The hormone is said to have several positive effects to the human body that include general mental well-being, improvements in lipid and cholesterol profiles, increased muscle mass and bone density, and weight loss. The hormone is also said to reduce chances of cardiovascular complications in the future.
Humatrope is used to treat several conditions like Turner syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome in young children with growth hormone deficiencies. It is also administered to children who are small for their gestational age and who exhibit slower than normal rate of growth. It is also administered to children who have SHOX deficiency, a genetic disorder that causes short stature.
What are its side effects?
Similar to other man-made hormones, Humatrope has several side effects, some more serious than others. Some common side effects include allergic reactions at the injection site, swelling and hurting of joints, muscle pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Children may experience vomiting, trouble breathing, and dizziness. Humatrope is also known to cause high blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of diabetes.
Where is Humatrope manufactured?
Humatrope, also known as Somatropin, is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company, a pharmaceutical located in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. Humatrope requires a prescription before it can be obtained. The price of Humatrope can vary depending on the vendor of the drug. It may cost anywhere between $40 and $90 per IU.