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Growth Hormone Deficiency in Children (cont.)

Growth Hormone Deficiency Treatment in Children

Medications for Growth Hormone Deficiency in Children

Growth hormone deficiency can be treated with growth hormone replacement therapy. A drug called somatropin or growth hormone (Nutropin, Genotropin, Norditropin, Saizen, Humatrope) is injected into the fat underneath the skin. Shots are usually given daily. There are longer acting (given weekly) preparations of growth hormone under study, but at the moment, none have yet been approved by the FDA. For children with growth hormone resistance (who do not respond to growth hormone), treatment with insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1, Increlex) is possible.

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