Growing taller medicine – truth or myth?

by   |   Jun 10, 2024

Has the thought of taking human growth hormone (HGH) pills to grow taller ever crossed your mind? For those who are insecure about their height, the answer is probably yes. HGH, secreted by the pituitary gland, spurs growth in children and adolescents. It also regulates body fluids, body composition, muscle and bone growth, sugar and fat metabolism as well as heart functions. HGH is also synthetically produced as an active ingredient in various prescription drugs and only approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for specific uses in children and adults. In this article, we will discuss popular HGH drugs and their uses, thereby finding out whether taking HGH drugs as growing taller medicine is a good idea or not.

Common growth hormone deficiency drugs

Macimorelin

Macimorelin Acetate is a growth hormone secretagogue receptor agonist that was approved by the U.S. FDA in 2017 for diagnosing adults with growth hormone deficiency. It should not be used under these circumstances:

  • Patients are children or allergic to Macimorelin.
  • Body mass index (BMI) is above 40 kg/m2.
  • Deficiencies of sex hormones, glucocorticoids, and/or thyroid hormones.
  • Patients are taking drugs that can affect pituitary HGH secretion.

The recommended dosage of Macimorelin is based on the individual patient’s body weight. It is taken as a single dose of 0.5 mg/kg of body weight after a fasting period of 8 hours. Macimorelin comes as granules in a 60 mg sachet that is to be reconstituted with 120 ml of water and should be taken by mouth. Patients weighing below 120 kg should use 1 sachet whereas those weighing above 120 kg are advised to use 2 sachets. The reconstituted solution should be used within 30 minutes after preparation and the unused solution should be discarded.

Macimorelin

Mecasermin [rDNA origin] injection

This medication is recombinant human insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), prescribed for growth failure in children with severe primary IGF-1 deficiency and growth hormone gene deletion who have developed neutralizing antibodies to growth hormone. Mecasermin [rDNA origin] injection should not be taken in the presence of active or suspected malignancy, closed epiphyses, and known hypersensitivity.

The recommended starting dose is from 0.04 to 0.08 mg/kg (from 40 to 80 mcg/kg) twice daily. It comes as a solution for injection and must be administered by a healthcare provider under the skin. It should be noted that this medication must not be administered intravenously. Caution should also be exercised in patients with a history of decreased blood sugar, high blood pressure, femoral epiphysis, stroke, overgrowth of tissues, kidney or liver impairment, preexisting scoliosis, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Sermoline Acetate

Sermonline Acetate is a growth hormone-releasing agonist, and similar to Mecasermin [rDNA origin] injection, it is prescribed for growth hormone deficiency in children. Its recommended dose is 0.2-0.3 mcg once daily at bedtime through subcutaneous injection; however, people diagnosed with hypersensitivity should not take this medication. Growth hormone levels have to be monitored during the treatment period and you should avoid using a contaminated solution of this medication. Besides, patients with a history of brain or head injury or disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding must take precautions before using Sermoline Acetate.

Somatrem

Prescribed for growth in children, this medication is an analogue of growth hormone. Somatrem is contraindicated in patients with cancer, closed epiphyses, and hypersensitivity. Patients are recommended to take a weekly dosage of 0.30 mg/kg (approximately 0.90 IU/kg) of body weight. Somatrem comes as a solution for injection and should only be administered by a healthcare provider into the muscle or vein. Avoid large amounts at all costs as they may lead to serious health issues.

Will HGH drugs make you taller?

HGH drugs can stimulate growth in children and teens who have growth hormone deficiency. However, they must be carefully prescribed by healthcare providers, and under no circumstances should you take them without medical supervision. The risks involved in taking HGH drugs without a doctor’s supervision are similar to steroid abuse, including:

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  • Premature balding 
  • Severe facial and body acne 
  • Gynecomastia (you grow large breasts) 
  • Increased low-density lipoprotein (the fat that causes heart disease) 
  • Decreased high-density lipoprotein (the good fat) 
  • Increased total cholesterol 
  • Thrombolytic disorders 
  • Irritability
  • Aggressiveness
  • Dependency like an addict
  • Liver and kidney dysfunction
  • Liver tumors
  • Testicular atrophy
  • Decreased sperm count
  • Pain when urinating
  • Prostatitis
  • Impotence
  • Sterility
  • Premature closure of bone growth plates.

What is more, using HGH drugs without a doctor’s prescription is illegal. You are unaware of what you are putting in your body if you buy them on the Internet. They could be anything since they are not regulated or monitored. They are also highly expensive, and more importantly, most HGH drugs can only be injected and need syringes. This means that you increase your risk of contracting HIV and other illnesses.

Not to mention that even under strict medical supervision, taking HGH drugs still has multiple side effects on your gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, nervous, and respiratory system, namely increased appetite, nausea, diarrhea, increased hunger, taste disturbance, abnormal heart rhythm, prolonged QT interval, headache, dizziness, fatigue, infections of the respiratory tract, excessive sweating, chest tightness, wheezing, unusual skin coloration, fever, itching, swelling of the face or throat.

Life is sometimes not easy for those with modest height and it is understandable that you want to make every effort to increase your height. HGH drugs are extremely tempting now that they are accessible and available without strict regulations thanks to the Internet; however, if you are desperate to add inches to your height through HGH treatment, it is advisable to seek advice from your healthcare provider. Never let your desire for growing taller or getting bigger muscles cloud your judgment. For some people, it is enough to lead healthy lifestyles, maintain balanced and nutritious diets, exercise or play sports regularly, and over time they learn that height is not everything. At the end of the day, it is your general health that matters the most.

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