Like any medication, HGH has its side effects, which you should be aware of.
The most common side effects are:
More than 1 out of 10 adults
- Joint pain
- Water retention
- Injection site reaction
Less than 1 out of 10 adults
- Numbness and tingling in muscles
- Muscle pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Other side effects worth noting
- Hyperglycemia and lowered insulin sensitivity.
Most of these side effects – joint pain, numbness, muscle pain, ypertension, and carpal tunnel syndrome – have the same cause: water retention. The literature suggests that growth hormone-deficient individuals are dehydrated so the return to normal HGH levels causes more fluid in the tissues. The side effects will go away with time on moderate growth hormone dosages.
In addition, diuretics might partly relieve these side effects by doing the contrary – reducing fluid in the body.
HGH and Anti-Bodies
Synthetic HGH is produced by E.coli bacteria that are DNA-modified to produce the human growth hormone protein. However, the bacteria tend to produce other proteins during this process. So, the second stage of
manufacturing is the purification of HGH from other proteins and dimers.
If the purification isn’t done properly, these proteins cause immune responses in the body, which is alerted to the presence of alien proteins and goes on the attack. Immune cells start to react to the growth hormone molecule and prevent it from binding to the receptor.
So, the efficiency of growth hormone injections falls. The antibodies start to form after the 3-6 months of the cycle. It’s advisable to take breaks during the cycle to reset this process. Changing the growth hormone brand can also be effective.
I have a reaction on the injection site. What to do?
Redness and swelling on the injection site is quite a common side effect and doesn’t necessarily indicate the low quality of growth hormone. Norditropin manufacturer’s leaflet claims that onsite reaction happens
to about 1 out of 100 patients.
And, according to the manufacturer of Genotropin – 1 out of 10 people report an onsite reaction.
If you have an onsite reaction, there are several possible reasons for it.
- Bad hygiene – Be sure to use alcohol swabs and sterile needles for each injection
- The needle size isn’t perfect. Try to use a shorter or longer needle.
- Allergies to preservatives. HGH injections contain other substances – mannitol, glycine etc which can cause a reaction, Changing the HGH brand might help.
- Bad quality of the solvent itself. If you use powder HGH. In this case, change the water
- Low HGH purity. It sometimes happens, try a different brand.
- HGH been damaged seriously during storage and/ortransit
If you have any of these issues, be extra careful and check
with the doctor as you probably shouldn’t be taking HGH.
• Diabetes, pre-diabetes
• Thyroid gland issues