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Side Effects of Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

Side Effects of Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is invaluable for people who have medical conditions involving hormone deficiencies. However, treatment can have severe side effects, especially when HGH is used for performance-enhancement. These side effects may include type-2 diabetes, abnormal bone and organ development, cancer, and more.

What You Can Do & How a HGH Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently investigating Human Growth Hormone (HGH) induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Side Effects of Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

Increasing numbers of adults are using Human Growth Hormone (HGH) to treat hormone deficiencies, boost athletic performance, or reduce the signs of aging. Unfortunately, like most medical treatments, HGH can have serious side effects — especially when it is given to patients who do not need growth hormones.

Some of the most severe HGH side effects include:

  • Type-2 diabetes
  • Abnormal growth of bones
  • Abnormal organ development (heart, kidneys, and liver)
  • High blood pressure
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Nerve, muscle, or joint pain
  • Swelling due to fluid in the body’s tissues (edema)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Gynecomastia
  • Pancreatitis
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Colorectal cancer or colon polyps
  • Hypothyroidism

Does HGH Cause Cancer?

In the 1990s, a few studies linked HGH treatment in children with an increased risk of leukemia. However, more recently, studies have found no increased risk, and researchers believe that leukemia is only more common in children who have underlying risk-factors for the disease.

However, there is evidence linking HGH treatment with colon cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and recurrent neoplasms. According to a study published in Drug Safety in 2004:

“A recent follow-up of pituitary GH recipients has suggested an increase in colorectal cancer. In addition, follow-up of oncology patients has suggested an increase in second neoplasms in those who also received GH therapy.”

The problem is that HGH stimulates the body to produce insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Both HGH and IGF-1 are known to cause cells to proliferate, including normal and cancerous cells. Studies in animals have shown that high doses of these hormones can cause malignant tumors. However, the risk in humans is still uncertain.

Do I have a HGH Lawsuit?

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