Growth Hormone Side Effects

Information on Side Effects of Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy

The human growth hormone, HGH, has proven to be very beneficial to many people with extreme growth hormone deficiencies, but average healthy people taking it can develop any one of the several serious side effects of growth hormone replacement therapy. Although it is clinically used only to treat young children with growth disorders and adults that have HGH deficiencies, athletes and middle aged people are now using it to boost muscle mass and youthful appearance. Unfortunately, the second group of people may unwittingly be putting themselves at risk for the side effects of growth hormone that can lead to serious health problems.

Does Everyone Experience Side Effects of Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Surprisingly, only people with normal levels of HGH tend to develop side effects from supplemented hormones. People with deficiencies can take the proper amount suggested by their therapists and not experience anything but the benefits of these hormones.

Possible Side Effects

When a person with normal HGH levels takes additional HGH, the body can react in many shocking ways. The growth hormone may cause the bones in the face to grow bigger and heavier, actually changing the appearance of the person. While a heavy duty body builder may not mind this, average people wanting to outsmart the aging process will likely find this a most unsavory side effect, particularly if they were taking the hormone to improve their skin tone and youthfulness.

Although it is commonly used now for many athletes, the growth hormone can actually cause muscle weakness if it is taken improperly. In addition to this, abnormalities of the peripheral nerve may set in, causing even more problems for people that need good coordination and agility in their daily lives.

While not immediately noticeable or as shocking as facial appearance changes, there are other risks and side effects as well that can occur if too much HGH is taken. High blood pressure has been linked to high levels of HGH in several people. Diabetes is another problem that may develop as the result of too much HGH. Even severe heart problems are a possibility for those individuals seeking unnecessary growth hormone replacement therapy. It should be noted that these are not very common side effects, but the likelihood of them happening is relative to the amount of growth hormone taken; the more you take, the higher the risk and severity of side effects.

Even people that don’t have a large excess of HGH may suffer side effects. HGH causes a fair amount of water retention in people, and this usually results in some degree of edema. Edema is a swelling due to the water retention, similar to a pregnant woman’s legs and feet. Unfortunately, people experiencing edema can also inadvertently trigger other side effects.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can also set in and is the result of nerve damage that affects not only the wrists, but also the hands and arms in some cases. People already at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome run a higher chance of developing this after supplementing with human growth hormone. Joint and muscle pain can also set in, and may affect other parts of the body.

Are the Side Effects Permanent?

Thankfully, not all side effects are permanent. People that take regulated doses of HGH and develop edema and joint issues can generally get back to normal with little problem as soon as they stop taking the hormone. Prolonged use can, of course, lead to prolonged and even possibly permanent problems. Even adjusting the dosing may be enough to help in certain cases.