Protocol for hGH Therapy
The first thing to understand before reading the contents of this page is that there is no “one-protocol-fits-all” when it comes to any kind of hormone therapy. Be warned: if you are speaking to an organization that offers formal quotes before their doctors have had an opportunity to review your file, you should be very wary. It doesn’t mean that they cannot obtain medications for you. It simply implies that your health is not at the forefront of their thinking. In fact, it is likely that you are simply viewed as a business opportunity or a transaction. An HGH injection protocol is a delicate balance that must be based on an individual’s physiology, lifestyle, and overall goals. The protocol for HGH therapy may require daytime administration, but some patients may need to take medications at night. Depending on the goals, some protocol for hGH Therapy may require split dosages: more than one injection in a day.
Your HGH therapeutic protocol needs to be individualized based on your complete health history and other information contained within your file. That being said, there are certain similarities among different protocol for hGH Therapy, and all subcutaneous hGH protocols have some particular characteristics in common.
The following information is not to be used as a substitution for or in combination with anything that your prescribing physician has organized for you. This information must only to be regarded as educational and suggestive of what to expect with subcutaneous hGH therapy.
When you discuss your protocol with your AAI prescribing physician, he or she will explain all the relevant details to you, such as:
• Where you will inject the medication
• The exact time and day you should administer your medications
• How to handle and store the medication
• Information about and needles and other pertinent supplies that you need to properly and effectively administer your program
There are several other important points to consider when on a physician-supervised protocol for hGH therapy.
• You must not eat food 90 minute before or after administering your hGH. This is because both food and hGH modulate your insulin levels; eating in close proximity to your hGH administration might block some of the effects of that injection.
• hGH should be administered at least 6 hours before you go to bed. The endocrine system is most active at night because it is correlated to your circadian rhythm. Your body produces most GH after you have gone to bed and entered REM sleep. Administering hGH in close proximity to your bedtime will elevate your IGF-1 levels to the point where your body will not produce endogenous GH because your levels are already significantly elevated. Extended periods without endogenous production will cause atrophy of the pituitary gland, which will lead to a variety of negative symptoms.
• hGH should be injected subcutaneously and directly into fat. Injecting hGH into muscle will cause the medication to be hyper-metabolized, limiting its effectiveness and increasing the risk of side effects. In contrast, it is metabolized much more slowly in fat, which extends the drug half-life.
• hGH should NEVER be administered on a 7-day protocol cycle. Unless you are suffering from acute GH production deficiency, where your pituitary is simply not producing any GH at all, your hGH protocol should include 2 or more days a week where there is no hGH administration to allow the pituitary to function normally and avoid atrophy and any future glandular issues. Remember that the pituitary gland produces many hormones, and so atrophy will affect numerous processes throughout the body.
Typically, What GH Dose Would Somebody of My Height, Weight, and Age Use?
You must understand that you should not follow a generalized program. It is absolutely crucial that your prescribing physician takes into account all of your file details, health history, and personal goals before structuring an hGH protocol; that is what we will do for you here at AAI Rejuvenation Clinic.
That being said, here is a general guide for what you might be prescribed:
• A 4.5–5 ft. tall person weighing 100–140 lbs. might be prescribed 0.5 IU of hGH daily for 3–5 consecutive days.
• A 5–5.8 ft. tall person weighing 141–165 lbs. might be prescribed 1 IU of hGH daily for 3–5 consecutive days.
• A 5.5–6 ft. tall person weighing 166–195 lbs. might be prescribed 1.5 IU of hGH daily for 3–5 consecutive days.
• A 5.5 ft. or taller person weighing 196 lbs. or more would typically be prescribed 2 IU hGH daily for 3–5 consecutive days.
Again, we reiterate there is no standard dosing chart that defines an effective and safe protocol for hGH therapy. However, this information most accurately represents, statistically, what a patient of a certain height, age, and weight should expect in a safe and effective hGH therapy program.
How Important is Avoiding Pituitary Atrophy?
Understanding the issues caused by an atrophied pituitary gland is critical if you are on an hGH program. An improperly functioning pituitary will likely lead to symptoms of premature aging. Remember that aging is essentially a chronic disease, and the proper use of hGH can help combat this disease.
One way for any patient to combat pituitary gland atrophy, regardless of whether they are on hGH therapy or not, is undergo treatment with sermorelin. In particular, patients that have been on hGH therapy for an extended period of time (such as >1 straight year) need to consider stimulating their pituitary activity by activating GH production with a secretagogue such as sermorelin therapy.
A three-month therapy with sermorelin can recuperate a depleting pituitary caused by an improperly supervised hGH protocol of the administration of excessive doses.
Contact us to clarify any personal issues related to an hGH protocol you underwent elsewhere that did not end so well. At AAI Rejuvenation Clinic, our expertise is to assist patients who might have experienced endocrine system damage due to an improperly proportioned HRT program. Fill out our contact form to begin a free, no further obligation conversation. Allow us to educate you on how to be your best you.
Drug Interactions of all hGH Medications
When you begin your hGH treatment protocol, you should be aware of several potential drug interactions with hGH:
• Inhibition of 11ß-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1; this may require the initiation of glucocorticoid replacement therapy. Patients treated with glucocorticoid replacement for previously diagnosed hypoadrenalism may require an increase in their maintenance doses.
• Glucocorticoid replacement; the dose should be carefully adjusted.
• Cytochrome P450-metabolized drugs should be monitored carefully if used with somatropin.
• Oral estrogen; larger doses of somatropin may be required in women.
• The dose of insulin and/or oral hypoglycemic agents may require adjustment.
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