The front lobe of the pituitary gland in humans and many other animals produces a hormone, Somatotropin which aids physical as well as mental growth by triggering cell regeneration. It’s single chain of 191 amino acids and is commonly known as the Growth Hormone (GH). GHD or the Growth Hormone Deficiency is a medical condition that occurs when the pituitary gland is unable to produce GH due to some internal problem. It can lead to many other complications like slowed or reduced development of bones, muscle reduction, hypoglycemia etc. Post discovery of GH by Choh Hao Li, the American Biochemist, there has been lot of research on the hormone. The scientists have developed medications that replicate the GH and hence external administration of the hormone has become a reality.
2. Genotropin Description and Uses.
Genotropin is one of the most effective such medicines and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It’s been used to treat over 83,000 children suffering GHD all over the world. It’s even useful in faster recovery after organ transplantation and reducing wrinkles as it aids cell regeneration. The medication has been successfully used to cure many medical abnormalities that arise due to deficiency of endogenously produced Somatotropin, some of them are :-
(a) Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) in children.
(b) Idiopathic short stature in children.
(c) Turner syndrome in girls.
(d) SGA – Small for gestational age.
(e) Stress management when it’s related to GHD.
3. How to Administer.
Genotropin should only be taken as per prescription by a medical specialist and the doses should be recorded to avoid duplication and obtain better results. It comes mainly in 3 types of devices, which are easy to use. Your doctor can prescribe a Mixer, Miniquick or a Pen depending upon your condition and body’s requirement. All these devices have different dosages and should be handled as per precautions mentioned in the instruction manuals. Generally, it should not be exposed to direct light and freezing.
Genotropin is an externally administered replication of the growth hormone called Somatotropin, that is produced in the body. The hormone is important for normal physical and mental growth. In case of some tumor or blockage in the pituitary gland or due to some accident, the production of GH may get slowed or stopped. This causes a deficiency of this critical hormone, thereby creating various complications like stunted growth. The condition may be present in a child at the time of birth or may develop in an adult. The administration of GH through injections as per medical prescription can make up for the deficiency curing many ailments.