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For adults dealing with the effects of growth hormone deficiency (GHD), Norditropin HGH is an excellent solution. Pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk is the manufacturer of Norditropin, a leading brand of human growth hormones. In this review of Norditropin, we discuss the facts about HGH therapy for adults and answer many of the most commonly asked questions about this treatment and its usage.
Norditropin HGH is a complex therapy that provides the body with an exogenous supply of human growth hormone to supplement what is missing from natural production. There are many reasons why adults might need to turn to HGH therapy, including:
- Head injury resulting in hormonal decline
- Tumor of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus interfering with hormone production
- Blocked blood supply inhibiting blood flow to the brain
- Surgery or radiation treatment to the brain which can interfere with hormone secretion
- Childhood-onset GHD that continues to require treatment in adulthood
- Certain genetic conditions
- Diseases such as tuberculosis, hemochromatosis, sarcoidosis, histiocytosis
- Undiagnosed causes
Many adults fall into the undiagnosed category, which can include growth hormone decline due to natural aging. By the time most people reach their mid-twenties, the pituitary gland is already reducing its GH production. After many years, that type of decline can lead to problems when growth hormone receptors do not receive enough of that hormone to stimulate their functions.
A sedentary lifestyle void of exercise and proper nutrition can also lead to a speedier decline in GH levels, as can weight gain and lack of sleep. Norditropin human growth hormone therapy is a viable and safe way to increase GH levels in the body for improved functions.
Norditropin HGH by pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, is an excellent option for men and women in need of human growth hormone therapy. It fulfills all the same functions as naturally produced growth hormone when the pituitary gland no longer produces enough of that chemical.
About Norditropin HGH
Growth hormone is one of the body’s most essential chemical messengers. It is a protein hormone consisting of 191 amino acids in a single chain polypeptide. The molecular structure of Norditropin is identical to that of naturally produced growth hormone. For that reason, it is called “bioidentical,” meaning it is biologically the same as GH, allowing for the body to put it to immediate use.
When the somatotrophs (growth hormone-producing cells in the anterior pituitary gland) do not provide enough endogenous GH to meet the needs of the body, Norditropin HGH fills that void.
Administered using tiny, thin needles, Norditropin enters the body from right under the skin’s surface, typically through an abdominal injection. From there, the medication absorbs into the bloodstream where it undergoes transport to the internal organs, muscles, tissues, bones, brain, and everywhere else there are GH receptor cells.
As with naturally secreted growth hormone, Norditropin HGH tells the body’s many types of cells to replicate and grow, maintaining healthy muscles, skin, nails, bones, tissues, and hair. Growth hormone prevents the organs from age-related shrinkage, preserving the critical functions. One of the essential jobs of GH is to tell the liver to secrete insulin growth factor 1, a hormone that mediates many of the functions of growth hormone.
Because the brain also contains an abundant supply of GH receptors in many of its regions, maintaining a healthy amount of growth hormone is crucial for learning, processing, attention, motivation, and even emotional stability. Norditropin ensures that adults with GHD can still receive adequate HGH to support these many functions.
Other reasons why the body requires growth hormone include:
- Maintaining proper metabolism for converting food into fuel rather than fat
- Keeping the immune system strong
- Supporting healthy sexual desires and functions
- Regulating temperature control (heat/cold sensitivity)
- Reducing stress and depression
- Promoting restful sleep
Instructions for Norditropin Usage by Adults
In this section, we look at many critical factors about Norditropin while answering the following questions:
What indications let me know if I need Norditropin?
How much and how often do I inject Norditropin?
How is Norditropin supplied?
Does Norditropin have other drug interactions?
What are the warnings & precautions I should know?
How do I store and use Norditropin?
What are the side effects of Norditropin?
Is it possible to overdose on this medication?
These questions are answered below, starting with the indications for using Norditropin:
Adults with growth hormone deficiency typically exhibit any number of the following signs:
- Increased fat retention (especially abdominal)
- Loss of lean muscle
- Thinning bones (joint pains and height shrinkage possible)
- Mood changes, including depression, stress, and anxiety
- Low libido and sexual decline
- Hair loss or thinning
- Frequent or longer-lasting illnesses
- Slow wound healing
- Lack of focus, impaired brain functions, declining memory
- Reduced motivation, social isolation, poor productivity
- Aging skin (wrinkles, sagging, thinning, age spots)
- Poor quality of life
Dosage & Administration
The dosage of Norditropin HGH is determined by a medical review of blood test and physical examination findings. Age, level of deficiency, body composition, gender, and overall health go into assessing how much HGH each person requires. Most adults administer Norditropin daily via subcutaneous injection to the abdomen. Nighttime is the most common time of day to administer HGH, although some people may do better in the morning.
Novo Nordisk provides Norditropin in the following formats:
Norditropin FlexPro Pens, which come in 5, 10, 15, and 30 mg sizes – these pens are prefilled (preloaded) and are used until empty. There are no cartridges to replace. When one pen is finished, a new one is used. A needle guard is available for people who do not want to see the needle during the injection. Disposable needles are provided for single use.
Certain drugs may interact with Norditropin, causing changes in how they work in the body. Let the doctor know about all medications and supplements, especially the following known drug interactions:
- Oral estrogen
- Insulin (including other hypoglycemic agents)
- Cytochrome P450-metabolized drugs
Storage and Use
All Norditropin pens require refrigeration until they are put into use. Once used, a pen may be stored unrefrigerated for up to 21 days. If kept refrigerated, each FlexPro pen is good for up to 28 days.
Side effects from Norditropin are rare, and most likely consist of injection site irritation, pain, redness, or swelling. Other adverse reactions that could occur are often linked to higher HGH levels, or the body getting used to the increase. If it is due to adjustment, the side effects will likely disappear within a few weeks. However, if they persist or worsen, contact the prescribing doctor. These reactions may include:
- Nerve, muscle, or joint pain
- Tingling in the hands or feet
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Insulin resistance
- Changes in thyroid hormone levels
Warnings & Precautions
Norditropin should be used as directed by a doctor who specializes in hormone replacement. Do not use Norditropin HGH if any of the following conditions are present:
- Allergy to any of the ingredients in Norditropin
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Active cancer or tumor
- Critical illness caused by stomach or heart surgery, or due to multiple system accidental trauma
- Severe respiratory (breathing) problems
Although not contraindicated, please let the doctor know if any of the following are present:
- Pregnancy or trying to become pregnant
- Liver or kidney issues
- Sleep apnea
An overdose of Norditropin HGH is rare. Seek immediate medical help if any of the following occur:
- Breathing difficulty
- Swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or lips
- Pounding in the chest or rapid heartbeat
- Fainting or dizziness
- Severe itching
- Hives or skin rash
- Severe and constant abdominal pain
- Changes in eyesight (sudden)
Norditropin HGH does not increase the risk of cancer. However, if a tumor or cancer is present, HGH therapy could increase tumor cell growth. Only use Norditropin under the care of a doctor.
Ask our medical advisors about any assistance programs offered by Novo Nordisk to help offset the out-of-pocket cost of Norditropin. Our goal is to make HGH therapy affordable for all adults who need it. Free consultations by phone are available to men and women throughout the US.
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