Growth hormone therapy is the safest and most effective way to treat men or women suffering from a growth hormone deficiency. Authentic growth hormone therapy is only given via injections. You can only obtain growth hormone injection therapy with a doctor’s prescription. Once you have been evaluated, tested and diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, or GHD you doctor will prescribe growth hormone therapy for you.
Depending on your personal needs and goals, you will typically need once daily doses of growth hormone. However, depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may need growth hormone injections more often.
The dosage for growth hormone injections is measured in IUs, or international units. 1 milligram (mg) is equal to about 3 IUs. When being prescribed for age-related or adult onset GHD, your initial prescription will probably be anywhere from 3 to 6 IUs. Normally, growth hormone therapy is titrated, meaning that your doctor will start you out with the lowest effective dose, and slowly increase the dosage of your HGH injections over the course of your growth hormone therapy.
As to how long you will have to be on growth hormone therapy, again, that will depend on your individual goals and lifestyle. However, you should expect your first course of daily growth hormone injections to last for at least six months.
Is There a Best Time of Day to Take Growth Hormone Injections?
For the majority of growth hormone therapy patients, doctors will simply recommend that you take your HGH injections at night just before bed. This way it becomes part of your nighttime routine, and you are not under pressure to do it in the morning when you may be rushing to get to work, or have your mind on other things.
However, that may not always be the case. Here are some other things to consider, when you are thinking about the best time to administer growth hormone injections. There are some growth hormone therapy patients, particularly those who may be on a higher dose — usually more than 4 IU — for whom it is recommended that they split the HGH injections into 2 equal doses.
If you are splitting your dose into two times a day, it is recommended that you do one HGH injection in the morning and one in the late afternoon. This is because your natural release of another hormone, cortisol, is highest in the early morning and late afternoon. Cortisol can slow your metabolism and also make you feel tired and depressed. HGH injections can counteract the metabolism slowing and emotionally draining effects of cortisol.
What Is the Difference Between Taking HGH Injections at Night or During the Day?
When given properly, growth hormone injections have been clinically proven to be the safest and most effective way to treat growth hormone deficiency (GHD). There is no greater risk of side-effects created by the time of day you choose to take your HGH injections.
All growth hormone injections are a Somatotropin, which is human growth hormone made from recombinant DNA. The HGH, or Somatotropin, in all prescription growth hormone injection kits, is identical to the HGH produced by your own body. However, it does require some special care, and some education on how to effectively give yourself your growth hormone injections.
There are several brand names of growth hormone injections. Some of the most popular brands of growth hormone injections include:
The various brands of HGH injections vary mostly in their dosages and injection methods.
What If I am Afraid to Give Myself Growth Hormone Injections?
Do not be intimidated by the idea of having to self-inject a medication. Millions of people give themselves growth hormone injections every day without incident. It is not hard to learn how to give yourself growth hormone injections. Your physician, PA, or nurse practitioner will make sure you are thoroughly trained on how to prepare and administer your growth hormone injections.
How Do You Take Growth Hormone Injections?
Whether you take your HGH injections at night, in the morning, or the afternoon, the steps to administer HGH injection therapy are the same. If you are using the type of HGH injection kit that uses syringes, you will use one syringe and two needles for each injection. One needle will be used to draw the water to reconstitute the growth hormone, and to mix it, the other will be used to administer the actual injection. The tube part of the syringe is graduated, with measurements like a ruler, so you can accurately measure the water to reconstitute the HGH and your dosage. Make sure you use new/sterile needles from the sealed package for each injection. Most kits will have two ampules of liquid. One contains the HGH, the other sodium chloride (sterilized) water to mix it with. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER WATER TO MIX THE GROWTH HORMONE.
Your kit may also contain alcohol swabs to sterilize the injection site, and rubber gloves.
Chose a calm, well-lit area to administer your HGH injection, with a flat surface to lay out all of your growth hormone injection supplies. Be sure no one, or nothing in the area, will disturb you, so that you can totally concentrate on properly administering your HGH injection.
As each kit could be different, your doctor or nurse practitioner will provide you with the exact step-by-step procedure to mix and administer your growth hormone injections. However generally speaking, the steps to administer a growth hormone injection are:
Ensure your hands and the surface used are clean.
Mix your growth hormone injection to your doctor’s specifications and instructions
Select a site for your subcutaneous injection. Avoid the area directly around your belly button. Use an alcohol swab to prep the injection site.
If you are right-handed, use your left hand to pinch a fold of skin and hold it up. Use your right hand to inject the HGH into the fold of skin with the syringe, or auto-injector pen. If you are left-handed, do the opposite.
Remove the needle quickly, DO NOT try to massage the area or rub the HGH in.
Once the needle is removed, use another sterile alcohol wipe to hold pressure on the injection site for a minute or so.
How Safe Are Growth Hormone Injections?
Under proper physician’s care, growth hormone injections are the safest and the most effective treatment there is for adults or children suffering from a growth hormone deficiency.
However, like any drug or medical procedure, growth hormone injections do have some potential side effects.
Some possible – though uncommon – side effects of growth hormone injections are:
Pain or inflammation at the injection site
Swelling of the hands and feet
Kidney dysfunction (in rare instances)
You will be taught the correct way to give yourself your HGH injections. You will also be closely monitored for any signs of discomfort during your growth hormone replacement therapy. Any side effects or problems can usually be reversed or eliminated by changing the dosage, or delivery method of your growth hormone injections.
Where Are Growth Hormone Injections Given?
Growth hormone injections are given subcutaneously, or just below the skin. Which means that unlike other injections that have to be given directly into muscles (intramuscular injections), the needles do not have to penetrate deeply, so they are very small, and relatively painless.
You will be completely trained on how to give yourself growth hormone injections. You will leave our offices confident that you are completely confident in your ability to administer your HGH injections properly, and with as little pain and discomfort as possible. In the HGH injection kits that still use syringes, the needles are very thin, much like the ones that diabetics use to administer insulin shots, and so are barely noticeable beyond a pinch when done correctly. Some of the newer HGH injections use premeasured auto-pen injectors. These injections are very easy, and very quick, and can be delivered with little or no pain at all.
A fear of needles or injections is no reason to deny yourself the many positive benefits of growth hormone injections.
How Do I Start on Growth Hormone Injections?
Growth hormone injections are generally safe when administered properly. Growth hormone injections are the most effective way to treat a growth hormone deficiency. The only way to get legitimate human growth hormone injections is with a doctor’s prescription. You can only get a doctor’s prescription for HGH injections after you have been properly tested and evaluated for a growth hormone deficiency.
So now that you know a lot more about the realities of growth hormone injections, why not contact us, and find out if injection growth hormone replacement therapy is right for you?