What should I tell the doctor before growth hormone treatment is started?

Be sure to tell your physician if you have any medical conditions especially diabetes or cancer or another type of tumour, or impaired kidney function. Also, tell your physician about any medication you are taking.

While I am on growth hormone is there anything I must do?

While taking growth hormone therapy, if you experience any of the following, you must tell your doctor: If you get severe or recurring headaches, visual problems, nausea and vomiting. About all medicines you are taking, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may interfere with the growth effect of growth hormone. If you develop a limp, or experience knee or hip pain. If you are taking growth hormone due to growth problems associa...

Are there any side-effects that you should look out for when taking growth hormone?

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of using growth hormone against the benefits they expect it will have for you. The following side effects are usually mild and temporary: Swollen hands and feet due to fluid retention. Redness and itching around the area you inject. Some children may develop local skin reactions at the injection site, which appear and disappear during treatment. If you inject too often in the same small area damage may occur to the fat and tissues unde...

Why do some children need growth hormone therapy?

Therapy with growth hormone is given to treat children with growth retardation. Growth retardation may be due to growth hormone deficiency, when the body does not produce enough growth hormone. However, growth retardation may also be due to other disorders such as Turner syndrome or chronic renal disease, where although the body produces growth hormone its pathways are altered, leading to an imbalance of growth factors. In both cases, treatment with growth hormone can increase a child’s height to the potent...

How tall will I grow?

That depends on: How tall your parents are. If your parents are tall, you are likely to be taller than if your parents are short. But growth hormone treatment will not cause you to become a giant. Even with treatment, you cannot grow beyond the limit set by your genes – that is based on the heights of your parents. How regularly you have injections. Having the injections regularly will help you grow to your full potential. How old you are when you start treatment. The younger you start, the taller you are l...

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