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What is the most common use for human growth hormone (HGH)?

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The most common uses for HGH are not FDA-approved. Some people use the hormone, along with other performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, in an attempt to build muscle and improve athletic performance. That said, HGH's effect on athletic performance is unknown.

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 May 16, 2019

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 May 16, 2019

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