Dosages and Administration of Injectable HGH
Growth hormone injections are made from recombinant human DNA, so they are an exact duplicate of the HGH normally produced by the pituitary gland. HGH injections are available in various dosages, depending on the condition they are being prescribed for. Prescription HGH is also known as somatropin. Injectable HGH is prescribed for men women and children with Growth Hormone Deficiency, or GHD. HGH injections may also be prescribed for the prevention of severe weight loss in people with AIDS, (muscle wasting) or to treat short bowel syndrome.
HGH injections are given subcutaneously, which means they are injected into the fatty tissue just below the surface of the skin. The most common injection sites are the thighs, abdomen, or buttocks.
Your prescription for growth hormone injections will be tailored to best meet your particular goals and lifestyle. You will be carefully monitored over the course of your treatment with HGH, so any chance of side effects should be kept to a minimum.
Do I Need a Prescription for HGH Injections?
You cannot get HGH injections without a doctor’s prescription. Authentic dosages of HGH injections are only available with a prescription. There is no such thing as over-the-counter HGH, nor is genuine growth hormone therapy given in any other way than via injection. Any product claiming to be HGH that can purchased without a prescription, or is available in a pill, powder, or anything other than an injectable liquid, is not HGH. Any such product should be avoided. They can be hazardous.
A 2013 Report produced by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America found that more than 10% of teens in grades 9-12 had taken some form of illegal synthetic HGH at least once. There is no telling what it was these kids really were exposing themselves to. The majority of what teens buy online are mystery drug cocktails created in China, which may or may not contain an actual growth hormone, and who knows what other dangerous substances. Describing the report, Steve Pasierb, President of Partnership for Drug-Free Kids said, “It’s Russian Roulette. Are they taking a health risk with HGH or are they taking a health risk with some toxin?”
How Do I Get a Prescription for HGH Injections?
In order to obtain a prescription for HGH injections, you must present with the symptoms of GHD, have a physical exam, and a specific test for your ability to produce HGH. The most common way to test for your growth hormone level is to use an IGF-1 test.
Unlike a traditional blood test — which would merely screen for the presence of a particular hormone or biomarker in the blood — the insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1 test, will tell your doctor if your pituitary gland responds correctly to a given stimulus, and is producing the amount of human growth hormone it should. If the results of the test, your exam, and your medical history, indicate GHD, you will be given a prescription for HGH injections.
What Is the Right Dosage of Injectable HGH?
HGH injections are given once or twice daily. The daily dosage of HGH varies by your age, weight and the condition it is being prescribed for. There are several manufacturers, or name brands, of prescription HGH injections available. They vary in their dosages and injection methods.
Are All Brands of HGH Injections Available in the Same Dosages?
Here is a breakdown of the most popular brands of prescription HGH injections and available dosages.
Omnitrope® Cartridges and vials (for injection) are available as :– 5 mg/1.5 mL Cartridge is a prefilled sterile somatropin solution containing benzyl alcohol in a glass cartridge ready to be administered with the Omnitrope® Pen 5
– 10 mg/1.5 mL Cartridge is a prefilled sterile somatropin solution in a glass cartridge ready to be administered with the Omnitrope® Pen 10.
– 5.8 mg/vial is supplied with two vials, one containing somatropin as a powder and the other vial containing diluent (Bacteriostatic Water for Injection containing benzyl alcohol as a preservative)
|Zomacton® for injection is supplied as 5 mg and 10 mg of lyophilized, sterile somatropin per vial. The 5mg package contains one vial of ZOMACTON (5 mg per vial) and one vial of diluent [5 mL of bacteriostatic 0.9% sodium chloride for injection, USP (benzyl alcohol preserved)].|
|Genotropin® is available for use with a variety of proprietary injectable devices made by the manufacturer or with standard syringes. The injectable devices include the Genotropin® Multiuse Pen, and the Genotropin MiniQuick® pen. The above devices can be used to deliver 0.2 mg, 0.4 mg, 0.6 mg, 0.8 mg, 1.0 mg, 1.2 mg, 1.4 mg, 1.6 mg, 1.8 mg, and 2.0 mg doses of Genotropin®.|
Norditropin® is available as a sterile solution for subcutaneous use in ready-to-administer prefilled pens with a volume of 1.5 mL or 3 mL as follows:– 5 mg/1.5 mL (orange): FlexPro® pen
– 10 mg/1.5 mL (blue): FlexPro® pen
– 15 mg/1.5 mL (green): FlexPro® pen
– 30 mg/3 mL (purple): FlexPro® pen
Humatrope® is available as:– 5 mg vial and 5-mL vial of Diluent for Humatrope
– 6 mg (gold), 12 mg (teal) and 24 mg (purple) cartridge, and prefilled syringe of Diluent for Humatrope
– Humatrope cartridges should be used only with the appropriate corresponding pen device
Saizen® (somatropin) is available as:
Saizen lyophilized powder (to be reconstituted with Bacteriostatic Water for Injection):– 5 mg per vial
– 8.8 mg per vial
|Serostim® is available as a sterile lyophilized powder intended for subcutaneous injection after reconstitution to its liquid form. Vials of Serostim® contain either 4 mg, 5 mg, or 6 mg.|
|Zorbtive® is a highly purified preparation. It is available as a sterile, lyophilized powder available in 8.8 mg vials for single-patient use. Each 8.8 mg vial contains 8.8 mg somatropin, 2.05 mg phosphoric acid and 60.19 mg sucrose.|
*Dosing information is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as any kind of instructions for use. Consult your physician or pharmacist for guidance regarding your particular dose of HGH injections®
How Is the Proper Dose of HGH Determined?
Based on the results of your diagnostic tests, physical exam, and medical history, you and your doctor will determine the most effective dosage, and the brand of HGH injections that will be best for you particular needs and lifestyle.