Achondroplasia Medication

Updated: May 11, 2020
  • Author: Shital Parikh, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

Growth hormone is used to increase the height of patients with achondroplasia (see Medical Care). However, no long-term studies exist to justify prolonged treatment for short stature.


Growth hormone

Class Summary

The anabolic and growth-promoting effects of growth hormone are indirect effects mediated by IGF-I. Growth hormone also increases transport of amino acids and protein synthesis.

Growth hormone, human (Humatrope, Genotropin, Nutropin)

Stimulates growth of linear bone, skeletal muscle, and organs. Stimulates erythropoietin, which increases red blood cell mass.