The most common treatment for growth hormone deficiency in both children and adults is growth hormone therapy—injections of growth hormone into the body, as a prescription medication.
Growth hormone—known as somatotropin—can be injected by the patient or a family member (if it's a child with growth hormone deficiency). This hormone, which is normally produced in the pituitary gland, stimulates growth and cell reproduction in the body.
Usually, you'll need to see your doctor every 4 to 8 weeks throughout your treatment so that your doctor can monitor your condition. There are also special considerations for children. Kids who take growth hormone injections typically grow 4 or more inches over the first year of treatment, and over the next 2 years, they can grow 3 or more inches. However, after that, the rate of growth slowly begins to decrease.
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