Treatment for Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD)

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If any of your other pituitary hormones are lacking, your endocrinologist must treat these first, and only start GH treatment when these other hormones are at the right level.


You will be given injection pens to inject yourself daily. A pituitary nurse will show you how to do this.

Side effects

GH increases the amount of fluid in your body. Possible effects of GH treatment are muscle or joint pain, headaches, blurred vision, swelling, or pain and numbness in the hands. Your doctor will lower the GH dose temporarily if these occur. GH treatment can also increase blood sugar levels.


You will have your blood checked every four to eight weeks by your doctor, to check if more GH is needed, or less. Your cholesterol and bone density will also be monitored. These should improve with GH treatment.

Repeat questionnaire

After nine months you will be given the same AGHDA quality of life questionnaire which you filled in before treatment. If your quality of life has improved by seven points since then, your treatment will be continued for the rest of your life.

(The above information is taken from the websites of the Pituitary Foundation, Cedars-Sinai, You and Your Hormones (Society for Endocrinology) and the Cleveland Clinic.)