Genetics of Achondroplasia Medication

Updated: Sep 02, 2016
  • Author: Germaine L Defendi, MD, MS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Maria Descartes, MD  more...
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Medication

Hormones

Class Summary

Human growth hormone (HGH) has been used for more than 10 years to treat patients with achondroplasia. [26, 27, 28] A study of 35 children with achondroplasia showed an increase in growth velocity in the first 2 years of treatment with HGH and demonstrated the safety of HGH use for a 5-year period. [29]

Growth hormone, human (Nutropin, Genotropin, Humatrope)

HGH stimulates growth of linear bone, skeletal muscle, and organs. It also stimulates erythropoietin, which increases red blood cell mass.