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How is human growth hormone (HGH) abused?

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Others purchase HGH products -- or products that claim to increase your body's own production of HGH -- in the form of pills and sprays. Companies that market these products on TV infomercials or online claim they turn back your body's biological clock, reducing fat, building muscle, restoring hair growth and color, strengthening the immune system, normalizing blood sugar, increasing energy and improving sex life, sleep quality, vision, and memory. However, the Federal Trade Commission has seen no reliable evidence to support the claim that these products have the same effects as prescription HGH, which is always given by injection. Taken orally, HGH is digested by the stomach before it can be absorbed into the body.

From: Human Growth Hormone (HGH) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Federal Trade Commission: "HGH Pills and Sprays: Human Growth Hype?" Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control: "Human Growth Hormone." FDA Import Alert: "Detention Without Physical Examination of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), Also Known As Somatropin." MedlinePlus.gov: "Turner Syndrome," "Prader-Willi Syndrome," "Short Bowel Syndrome." Quackwatch: "Growth Hormone Schemes and Scams."




Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 17, 2017

SOURCES: Federal Trade Commission: "HGH Pills and Sprays: Human Growth Hype?" Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control: "Human Growth Hormone." FDA Import Alert: "Detention Without Physical Examination of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), Also Known As Somatropin." MedlinePlus.gov: "Turner Syndrome," "Prader-Willi Syndrome," "Short Bowel Syndrome." Quackwatch: "Growth Hormone Schemes and Scams."




Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 17, 2017

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