Since the mid-80’s synthetic growth hormone is used in the treatment of children who have growth hormone (GH) deficiency and other conditions causing short stature. It is a safe and effective treatment. There are a few side effects. Fortunately, serious side effects are rare.
Although infrequent, there are some possible side effects that you should be aware of. They are:
·Allergic reaction, including swelling at the injection site or rash.
·Hip, knee, or other joint pain.
·Progression of spine curvature in patients with scoliosis
The side effects are more pronounced in people who obtain injectable HGH for off-label purposes (uses for which it was not approved by the FDA) and through Internet pharmacies, anti-aging clinics, and web sites.
Growth hormone is not given to people who have tumours or cancer. Sometimes kids may require growth hormone if they have deficiency after receiving cranial radiation or after surgeries of the skull. In these cases, the endocrinologist will be in touch with the neurosurgeon before starting growth hormone to make sure that there is no additional risk. Contact your treating endocrinologist for the expert advice and treatment options with Growth hormone.
Dr Tittu Oommen