Growth hormone disorders are conditions in which the body does not produce the right amount of growth hormone, which is responsible for cell reproduction. This disorder can affect people of all ages, although it is most common in infants and children. Growth hormone disorders can be treated using hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. It is important for HRT patients to select a pharmacy that is familiar with growth hormones. Traditional human growth hormone replacement is administered via once-daily injections. Unfortunately, less invasive preparations, such as pills, lozenges, creams, and suppositories are not effective for human growth hormone treatment.
Did you know…
that human growth hormone (HGH) is produced by the pituitary gland? The amount of HGH produced usually depends on a person’s age and gender. When HGH levels are too low, it can affect growth and development in children, as well as mental acuity and memory in adults. Left untreated, this condition can permanently stunt a child’s height and delay or prevent the onset of puberty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I visit a compounding pharmacy for my human growth hormone prescription?
You should consider visiting a specialty growth hormone pharmacy if you or your child has a growth hormone disorder for which you have been prescribed hormone replacement therapy. Be sure to transfer all of your medications to the same pharmacy to allow your pharmacist to monitor drug interactions and potential side effects.
What should I expect from a HGH pharmacy specializing in compounding?
Your pharmacist will work closely with your doctor to develop a formulation that is right for you. You can expect your pharmacist to ask questions about your experience with various medications and previous formulations in order to adapt to your needs. Specialty pharmacists will never change the dosing amount of HGH in a prescription, but they may reformulate conventional dosing methods to accommodate for patient comfort and necessity. For example, your pharmacist may be able to integrate anti-nausea medication into your HGH prescription to alleviate any nausea caused by treatment.
Is there anything I should discuss with my pharmacist?
Yes. You should tell your pharmacist about any allergies you have to supplements, foods, medications, and other substances. You should also inform your pharmacist about any prescriptions, vitamins, or supplements you currently take.