Growth Hormone Deficiency in Adults Medication

Updated: Jun 26, 2018
  • Author: Mohsen S Eledrisi, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

The goals of pharmacotherapy are to reduce morbidity and prevent complications.

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Growth Hormones

Class Summary

Growth hormones (GHs) are used for recombinant GH treatment.

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Diagnostic Agents

Class Summary

Macimorelin is the first oral test available for diagnosis of GH deficiency.

Macimorelin (Macrilen)

Macimorelin is an oral ghrelin agonist. Ghrelin is a neuropeptide released mainly from cells in the stomach and pancreas in response to hunger and is a growth hormone-releasing peptide. It stimulates GH release by activating GH secretagogue receptors present in the pituitary and hypothalamus. Macimorelin is indicated for diagnosis of adult growth hormone deficiency.

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