Humatrope Side Effects: What You Need to Know

Humatrope Side Effects

Humatrope HGH injections are considered extremely safe when prescribed by a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) specialist for the treatment of adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD), but that does not mean they are without the potential for side effects.

Kingsberg Medical provides information about common, less likely, serious, and long-term potential Humatrope side effects to help you understand the use of this medication.

Before starting HGH therapy, please discuss any medical conditions (current and prior), medications, over-the-counter preparations, and supplements and vitamins used with the HRT specialist.

Do not use Humatrope if any of the following situations apply:

  • Active cancer
  • Serious complications from open heart or abdominal surgery
  • Life-threatening breathing problems
  • Serious injuries involving many body systems
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Allergy to any ingredients in Humatrope HGH

You can avoid any long term side effects of Humatrope by contacting your doctor at once if you notice any of the changes listed on this page.

Most Common Humatrope Side Effects

Minor side effects from a medication such as Humatrope are often merely annoying and not dangerous or life-threatening. While the majority of people never notice any adverse effects at all from HGH therapy, the possibility of Humatrope injection side effects does exist. In most cases, the body is getting used to the increase in growth hormone levels and will adjust itself over a few weeks of treatment, and the side effects will go away on their own.

In some instances, the doctor may recommend lowering the dosage until the adverse symptoms subside, and then slowly increasing back to the prescribed amount. Do not do this on your own – the prescribing hormone specialist must supervise this process.

Injection site redness, itching, or other reactions are possible in the early stages of treatment. These reactions typically subside with practice administering the shots.

The most common Lilly Humatrope side effects that could occur include:

Body pain or achesBowel changesBreast tenderness or pain
Changes in vaginal dischargeCongestionExcess gas
Increased sweatingNail discolorationRash
SneezingStuffy noseSwollen or tender neck glands
Throat soreness or drynessTrouble swallowingVocal changes

The above Humatrope side effects rarely occur. The ones below have an even lower incidence of development:

Appetite changesDepressionDiscouragement
IrritabilityLoss of interestMood changes
SadnessSleeplessnessTrouble focusing

Least Common Humatrope Side Effects

These next lists of Humatrope growth hormone side effects focus on the more serious aspect of adverse reactions. These occurrences are extremely rare and should be reported to the prescribing doctor as soon as possible.

The first chart below features the more common of these side effects of Humatrope injection that may signal a warning of a potentially dangerous reaction:

Abnormal changes in touch sensationAnal bleeding, stool changes, or swellingBloating in the arms, face, feet, hands, or lower legs
Blood or discoloration in the urineCold or flu-like symptoms, runny nose, cough, sore throatCold feet or hands
ConfusionConstipationDiarrhea
DizzinessDry, sore, or white patches in mouth, tongue, or throatFainting
Fast, irregular, or shallow breathingFever, chills, or shiveringGastric or abdominal bloating or swelling
HeadacheHeartbeat changesItching
Joint aches, pains, stiffness, or swellingLightheadednessLoss of appetite
Muscle aches or crampsMuscle pain or stiffnessNausea or vomiting
Pain in abdomen or sidePain radiating to backPain, redness, or swelling in arm or leg
Pressure in abdomenRapid weight gainSkin: color change, hives, itching, numbness, “pins and needles,” rash, tingling
ThirstTightness in chestTrouble sleeping
Unpleasant breathUnusual fatigue or weaknessUnusual weight gain
Vomiting bloodWrinkled skinYellowing of eyes or skin

The list below shows the less common and potentially warning Humatrope side effects:

Bone, joint, or skeletal pain, or swelling of the anklesBurning, numbness, pain, or tingling in all but the smallest fingerChest pains
Depression or severe mood changesDryness of hair and skinFeeling cold
Hair lossHoarse or husky voiceSlow heartbeat

Get immediate help if you notice any of these severe symptoms often associated with overdose:

Cold sweatsComa or seizuresExtreme changes in mood: anxiety, depression
Excessive sweatingExtreme weakness, fatigueFruit-like breath odor
Increased hands and feet sizeIncreased hunger or thirstNightmares
Noisy, rattling breathingSevere pain in arms or legsShaking
Shortness of breathSlurred or difficult speechSkin: cool, pale, flushed, dry
Stop of menstrual cycleSwelling of fingers or handsTrouble breathing in rest state
Urinary: decreased or increased volume, pale or dilutedVision: blurry or other changes 

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How to Avoid Humatrope Side Effects

It is important to report any abnormal changes or side effects of Humatrope growth hormone to your medical professional. That is the best way to avoid potential problems. The HRT specialist can then address the situation and make any necessary changes.

Also: follow all instructions for using Humatrope as prescribed.

Do not let the lists above frighten you away from treating adult growth hormone deficiency. This condition, if left untreated, can lead to serious health issues.

The biggest concerns about unreported Humatrope long-term side effects are:

  • Acromegaly
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Edema
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Joint pains

These are all reversible by the doctor lowering the dose of medication, and often go away on their own as the body adjusts to treatment.

Please contact Kingsberg Medical with any questions.