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Growth Hormone Therapy

Overview

Growth hormone is a special type of protein made in the brain by the pituitary gland. It is responsible for more than just physical growth – it helps our muscles, bones and metabolism. Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) can occur at any age, in both children and adults. GHD results when the pituitary gland does not produce enough growth hormone. In children, GHD may occur during infancy or later in childhood and result in a lack of growth. Most adults are diagnosed with GHD as children and require treatment throughout life; however, it is possible for an adult to acquire GHD later in life, usually through damage to the pituitary or hypothalamus gland. The cause of GHD in children and adults is a poorly formed or damaged pituitary gland or hypothalamus.


GHD Symptoms
  • GHD in Children
    • Slow growth with normal body proportions
    • Immature appearance compared to peers
    • A chubby body build
    • A prominent forehead
    • An underdeveloped bridge of the nose
  • GHD in Adults
    • Increased fat, especially around the waist
    • Decreased muscle mass
    • Thinning bones
    • Higher cholesterol, especially LDL (the bad cholesterol)


Medications

Growth hormone replacement is the mainstay for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency in both children and adults. Below are some common medications.

  • Genotropin®, Genotropin Mixer®, Genotropin MiniQuick®, Genotropin Pen®
  • Humatrope®
  • Norditropin®, Norditropin® Nordiflex®
  • Nutropin AQ® Pen®, Nutropin AQ® NuSpin™
  • Omnitrope®
  • Saizen®, Saizen® Cool.Click®2, Saizen® EasyPod®
  • Tev-Tropin®


Copay Assistance
  • Genotropin® 1.800.645.1280
  • Humatrope® 1.800.642.2340
  • Norditropin® 1.866.310.7549
  • Nutropin® 1.866.688.7674
  • Omnitrope® 1.866.557.4046
  • Saizen® 1.800.582.7989
  • Tev-Tropin® 1.866.838.8767


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