Somatropin is a prescription drug. Even though it is recommended for many conditions, the major one is short stature of children. It is very effective on treating dwarfism, cachexia, prader-Willi syndrome, heart failure, and wasting syndrome caused due to AIDS.

The well known brand names of HGH are Serostim, Nutropin, Kigtropin, Zorbitive, Jintropin, Humatrope, Secratatropin, Genotropin, Saizen, and Amnitrope. The decision of injection schedule, dosage, and brand will depend on the condition for which it is recommended.

Severity of side effects:

HGH is available in powder form as well as liquid form. An individual who is taking HGH may experience less-common or common side effects. Side effects depend on general health, age, dosage, lifestyle, and frequency of the injections.


Some serious problems may occur and the most common side effects of HGH are a sensation of burning, pricking, numbness, tingling in the skin. One may experience swelling and bloating in the face or in the upper and lower extremities. There may be decreased sensation of touch. Other may experience muscle pain, joint pain, and cold hands and feet.

Difficulty in breathing, intestinal tract upset, lack of appetite, weight loss, weight gain, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and vomiting are considered as less common side effects of HGH.

Other less common side effects are slow heart beat, feeling cold, hair loss, dry hair, dry skin, depression, chest pain, and pain in joint and bone. It is better to consult a physician if an individual experiences any of these side effects.


More severe side effects may be experienced with high dosage of HGH. Some of these may require immediate medical treatments as well. Misuse, overdose or abuse of somatropin will be indicated if there are symptoms like coma, seizures, slurred speech, trembling or shakiness, nightmares, fruit smelled breath, increased output in urination, decreased urine output, blurred vision, anxiety, changes in the vision, and increased size of feet and hands.

These may not be experienced by everyone. It is better to start with low range of dosage and observe the reactions on the body. Gradually one can increase the dose. If one experiences serious reactions which needs immediate medical help then it is considered as adverse reaction.

HGH is available in varieties of forms like injectable kits, subcutaneous solutions, powders for injections, subcutaneous kits, injectable powders for injections. Some of the adverse effects caused by HGH are risk of development hypothyroidism, fluid retention, reactions in injection site, and glucose intolerance.

HGH injections may affect certain systems in the body like metabolic, musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, and the gastrointestinal systems.

There may be drug interactions between certain growth hormones and Somatropin. There are 14 minor interactions listed and there can be 200 moderate interactions of these drugs. It is necessary to discuss with doctor before starting any growth hormone. This is because they may interact with the drugs which the individual is already prescribed and following. It is always better to go for natural dietary supplements which help in natural boosting of hormonal levels in the body.