What is Tev-tropin®?
Tev-tropin® is one of many brands within a class of hormones known as Human Growth Hormones (HGH). HGH has several uses, some which have a track record of being effective, while there also are areas where their use remains controversial.
Known for its ability to stimulate human growth Tev-tropin® is used in cases where other areas where the use of Tev-tropin® can be found include treatment for a loss of endurance and strength among those with HIV or AIDS, other conditions identified further in this article, such as an anti-aging agent, and as an option to more traditional steroid usage among body builders, athletes, and others wishing to “bulk” up.
Containing the same amino-acids that trigger normal growth Tev-tropin® is a replacement therapy product for treating GHD. The primary indicator for the use of TEV-TROPIN® is the absence of growth due to growth hormone deficiency (GHD). Therapy with Tev-tropin® is considered safe and well tolerated.
Benefits of Tev-tropin®
When used in those patients where a human growth hormone is indicated and as directed, Tev-tropin® has been shown to be easily absorbed and used in the body with minimal risk.
This product has undergone several clinical studies conducted over several years and is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved since 1991.
Tev-tropin® employs a unique delivery system. As an injectable medication the patient can choose to administer it using the prescribed Tjet® needle-free device, making injections easy, safe, and painless.
As with many medications approved by the FDA, the use of Tev-Tropin® has broadened to include other conditions where HGH therapy can be beneficial. The FDA fact sheet on Tev-Tropin® indicates its use to supply the human body with needed hormones in several areas (from the FDA Label Informationhttp://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2011/019774s023lbl.pdf):
A. Tissue Growth
- Skeletal growth
- Cell growth
- Fat loss
- Lean muscle gain up to 19%
- Increased Vision
- Get rid of wrinkles
- Quicker recovery time
- better sleeping patterns
- Better looking skin
- Quicker hair and nail growth
- Better sense of well being
- Effective in increasing a scaled quality of life
B. Protein Metabolism
C. Carbohydrate Metabolism
D. Lipid Metabolism
E. Mineral Metabolism
F. Connective Tissue Metabolism
While the primary purpose of Tev-tropin® is addressing deficiencies in the human body to secrete the proper amount of growth hormones, there are multiple uses approved for this treatment.
It has been shown to be helpful in treating adults and children with conditions such as: Turner syndrome, Chronic kidney failure, Prader-Willi syndrome, Noonan syndrome.
It also has been used a preventative measure in people with AIDS to reduce severe weight loss, or to treat short bowel syndrome.
One area of use gaining in popularity is the use of Tev-tropin® by athletes seeking increased body mass.
Tev-tropin® is available by prescription only and is supplied as a powder in either a 5 mg or 10 mg dosages. To prepare it for injection the powder must be diluted per specific instructions.
Actual dosages and length of therapy is determined by the prescribing physician who uses a prescribed formula. This formula includes the patient’s weight, age, number of treatment days, and treatment dosage.
Any medication may include certain risks for patients. These side-effects can range from minimal reactions to severe conditions. It is important that the patient be monitored throughout their treatment for possible side-effects and their intensity.
The more common side-effects with the use of Tev-tropin® include:
- Irritation at injection site
- An allergic reaction
There are also a range of other side-effects to watch for, including:
- Rarely, lung and breathing issues
- Pancreas inflammation (pancreatitis)
- Rarely, children have experienced a slipped growth plate in the hip.
- Specific reactions in the elderly.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor.
- The prescribing physician should inform the patient/caregiver of any special instructions.
Health care can be expensive. Tev-tropin® is described as a specialty medication. This means that in order to obtain the prescribed dosage of a medication in the specialty category the patient must go through a designated pharmacy. Generally, specialty medications are not kept in stock, but must be ordered from the manufacturer on an as needed basis.
Typically, a prescription fill can cost from $279 to $1500.00 or more.
One important benefit for those requiring the use of Tev-tropin® is the manufacturer’s support center. There the staff can assist in assisting in financial arrangements to pay for the treatments.