Unless you have a serious medical condition, like renal failure or Turner syndrome, it is unlikely that you are going to be able to take HGH injections. The FDA highly regulates growth hormone treatment because there are so many risks associated with HGH injections. Much more research is needed before we can even begin to understand the many risks as they weigh to the benefits of HGH treatment. Yet, the near ban on HGH injections hasn’t stopped drug companies from turning HGH into a massive industry. If you do get a prescription for HGH injections, then expect to pay about $1000 per month for the treatment.
In the 1950s to the 1980s, growth hormone was extracted from the pituitary glands of cadavers. Soon, this form of HGH treatment was linked to numerous diseases, such as Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, a disorder which causes dementia and fatality. A shortage in available pituitary glands also made this form of HGH treatment difficult to obtain and very pricey. By the 1980s, extracted HGH was replaced with recombinant HGH therapy (also called somatropin), which used HGH produced in a lab. With HGH suddenly becoming readily available, the popularity of HGH injections flourished. Despite its widespread availability, HGH injections still cost about $10-30 thousand yearly. Since then, the prices haven’t gone down much.
Over the years, many brands of HGH injection treatment have become available: Humatrope, Genotropin, Norditropin, Saizen, and Nutropin are just a few. All of these different HGH injection treatments are nearly identical in their effectiveness, costs, and compositions. The only main difference is how some of them are delivered.
Most HGH injections are in 5 mg concentrations though will contain additional ingredients. For example, the HGH injection treatment Genotropin by Pfizer contains glycine, mannitol, sodium dihydrogen phosphate anhydrous, and disodium phosphate anhydrous, Cresol, and water. Most prescription HGH injections must be taken daily, and often under the supervision of a doctor.
You can expect to pay about $50-$100 per milligram of HGH. For example, a 5mg vial of Nutropin costs $327. The weekly dosage of HGH treatment is usually .35mg per kilogram of body weight, divided into daily dosage amounts. So, a 70 kilo woman (154 pounds) would take 3.5 mg of HGH daily. This would work out to about $260 daily, or $7,800 monthly. With health care insurance coverage, you would hopefully have this amount reduced significantly, but the price would likely still be about $1,000 per month.
The recommended amount listed above is for HGH injections being used to treat serious diseases, like Turner’s syndrome. Unless you have one of these disorders, it is unlikely that you are going to get a prescription for HGH injections. You can find HGH being sold illicitly on the street but there are obvious risks associated with using street drugs. Aside from the risks, you can also expect the price of the HGH to go up drastically. Some doctors are willing to prescribe HGH injections for off label purposes, like fighting aging. In these cases, the prescribed dosage of HGH injections will likely be much lower and thus cheaper. However, your health insurance probably isn’t going to pay for expensive HGH injections for an unapproved purpose so you will be stuck with the costs of about $1-2 thousand per month plus doctor’s fees.