Genotropin provides an essential function for adults who suffer from low levels of growth hormone that interfere with some part of their life. Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) is a potentially serious condition that can put a man or woman at risk for developing conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease, to name a few. Hormone specialists prescribe Genotropin HGH to improve many physiological functions in the body, as it is a safe form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, there are still some Genotropin risks and side effects to know, which we will address in this review.
Most people who receive Genotropin human growth hormone therapy will never experience any adverse side effects from the treatment. Instead, they will see only positive changes in their mood, health, appearance, focus, memory, and quality of life.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for everyone who uses Genotropin because some people purchase this medication illegally. They are the ones most likely to experience significant Genotropin side effects.
What constitutes an illegal purchase of Genotropin HGH?
An illegal purchase is one made without a prescription. FDA requirements only allow for the purchase of HGH medications with valid doctor authorization. That is for the safety of the individual as raising growth hormone levels too high can lead to problems and side effects. Only a trained doctor who understands how to balance hormone levels in the adult body is adequately qualified to prescribe this medication.
How do people get Genotropin HGH if they do not have a prescription?
Some people turn to the internet – where it is possible to buy pretty much anything these days. However, the companies that sell HGH on their websites often do so illegally. Most of these businesses operate from other countries, as any US company would be subject to prosecution for selling HGH without a prescription. Also essential to know – as a buyer, the person who purchases HGH in this way is also at risk of legal action, including hefty fines and jail time.
Some individuals also buy HGH illegally from other people. That also runs a significant risk as there is no way to know how much HGH one’s body needs (or even if it needs HGH) without a doctor’s prescription.
Is Genotropin purchased from foreign websites safe to use?
In many instances, the answer is no. Much of the HGH that enters the US illegally is counterfeit or altered in some way. It may contain toxic ingredients such as rat poison or drywall, or it may be expired, diluted, or switched for a different type of medication. Some companies skip the final crucial processing stage and leave bacterial residue in the product.
Genotropin risks and side effects are most likely to occur when the medication is purchased illegally without a prescription.
Unexpected Risks of Usage Associated with Genotropin
Unexpected Genotropin side effects occur most often when this medication is used for off-label and illicit purposes. The most common of these practices is for the enhancement of strength, speed, or muscle size by athletes and bodybuilders. Numerous legitimate studies have shown that HGH does not increase or improve muscle size or strength in people who have normal growth hormone levels. It does, however, slightly increase speed – one of the reasons why it is banned in all professional sports.
For people who do pursue illegal HGH use, the side effects of Genotropin can include inhibiting natural growth hormone production. When the hypothalamus senses that there is more HGH in the bloodstream, it will send somatostatin to the pituitary gland in place of growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH). Somatostatin tells the somatotrophs (GH-producing cells) to stop secreting growth hormone into the bloodstream. Natural production declines, and a person may become dependent on this treatment for the rest of his or her life.
Overall, the Genotropin risks and side effects are the same whether a person buys and uses the 5 mg and 12 mg pen injectors or the Genotropin MiniQuick single-dose, prefilled syringes.
In addition to shutting down natural growth hormone production, what else could happen if a person inadvertently buys counterfeit Genotropin HGH?
- If the counterfeit medication contains toxic ingredients or bacterial residue, a person could become extremely ill – to the point where hospitalization is necessary.
- When the received Genotropin HGH is diluted or expired, it will not provide the desired results. For someone suffering from the symptoms of GHD, that can lead to frustration and concern that HGH therapy is not the right answer when in actuality, it would have helped had the individual purchased the medication from a licensed US pharmacy with a valid prescription.
- If the HGH medication has been switched with another drug, that could lead to dangerous medical problems that could result in hospitalization or, in some cases, death.
The risk of potentially dangerous Genotropin side effects increases when this medication is purchased illegally.
Common Side Effects of Genotropin
For adults who require HGH therapy to reverse the symptoms of growth hormone deficiency, there is little cause to worry about Genotropin risks and side effects. Hormone specialists take great care in calculating how much HGH to prescribe. Most people tolerate HGH therapy with little to no problems.
Of all potential Genotropin side effects, the most common are injection site reactions, which can include any of the following:
If any injection site reactions do occur, they will likely go away within a few days. Alternating sides and spots on the abdomen will help to minimize any increased irritation or scarring. Most people find that with increased practice at self-injecting Genotropin HGH, the injection site reactions cease happening.
Although the following list of side effects of Genotropin are rare, they may occur at first while the body adjusts to higher growth hormone levels. If any of these issues become noticeable, contact the prescribing physician if there is any concern. In most cases, these reactions reverse themselves within two weeks once the body adjusts to the changes in HGH levels. However, if they persist beyond that point, or become worrisome, make the call. The doctor may determine that lowering the dosage for a while until the side effects subside is the best move. Then, the dosage can increase gradually until the prescribed amount is reached.
Here are the most common Genotropin side effects for adults:
- Joint pain
- Muscle aches
- Nerve pain
- Changes in skin sensation
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
- Fluid retention resulting in swelling of the feet or hands (edema)
- Vomiting or nausea
Ignoring the signs listed above could lead to conditions such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, and high cholesterol.
Although Genotropin risks and side effects are rare when used as prescribed, some reactions could occur as the body adjusts to the changes in growth hormone levels.
Rare Side Effects of Genotropin
For those individuals who use HGH illegally, or in too high a dosage, some rare and potentially dangerous Genotropin side effects are likely. If any of the adverse reactions listed in the previous section last for longer than two weeks, let the prescribing doctor know at once as they could possibly lead to further complications. Do not ignore any long-lasting side effects.
Rare Genotropin risks and side effects could have long-term ramifications, and include the following reactions that require immediate consultation with a physician:
- Persistent fatigue
- Changes in heartbeat
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Itching or pain in the ear
- Unusual changes in thirst or urination
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Severe abdominal pain
- Changes in the size or appearance of a mole
- Pain in the hip, knee, or joint
- Hearing problems
- Intolerance to cold
Seek medical help right away for any of the following serious side effects of Genotropin:
- Sudden vision changes
- Severe headache
- Breathing problems
- Allergic reactions such as rash, itching, dizziness, swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
When used as directed by an experienced hormone doctor, Genotropin risks and side effects are extremely rare. The positive aspects of this treatment far outweigh any negatives for adults with symptoms of growth hormone deficiency. Please contact our hormone clinic for a free consultation by phone with a medical advisor.