Growth hormones can provide many different benefits in the body, helping people live healthier lives. In some cases, these medications are necessary to help people suffering from different illnesses or side effects of specific medications. Tesamorelin is a peptide treatment that has shown great results for patients struggling with visceral fat. By reading on, you can learn more about tesamorelin and help determine whether or not this is a treatment option that can help you be healthier.
Tesamorelin & Its Benefits
Tesamorelin, also called Egrifta, is an analog that is similar to the body’s natural growth hormone-releasing factor. This is the thing that helps the body release growth hormones. This product has been approved as a treatment for visceral fat accumulation in people who are HIV-positive. HIV infections are known for reducing the body’s natural production of growth hormones. The result is that they tend to have difficulty with both building and maintaining their muscles. This also leads to the development of fat deposited deep inside the belly, around the organs.
Tesamorelin can also have an effect on IGF-1 levels. These levels tend to be lower in people who are obese and have diabetes as well as those HIV-positive people who have an abundance of visceral fat. Tesamorelin can raise the IGF-1 levels in patients.
Benefits to using this medication, include:
- Weight loss in the abdomen
- Increased ability to produce HGH (human growth hormone)
- Improvement in cognitive function
- Improvement in metabolism
- Fewer side effects than other medications
How Tesamorelin Works
This medication is an injection that comes as a powder that needs to be mixed with the liquid provided along with your medication. Then, the medicine is injected under the skin (subcutaneously). In most cases, this medication is injected once a day and taken simultaneously every day. You need to follow the directions prescribed by your doctor and read this label carefully to ensure that you are taking this medication properly. This medication should only be used exactly as directed, no more or less than prescribed by your doctor.
Typically, this medication comes in 2 different boxes, one that has the injection vials and the other with vials of liquid so that you can mix with the medication, syringes, and needles. If you are uncertain what to do, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you how to properly mix and inject the medication to ensure that you are doing it correctly.
Where and How To Inject Tesamorelin
When taking tesamorelin, you will need to inject this medication into the area of your skin on your stomach just underneath the belly button. It’s important that you do not inject the tesamorelin directly into the navel (belly button) or into any bruised, scarred, infected, irritated, or reddened areas of the skin. You should also never inject this medication into any areas where there are bumps from any previous injections. You should regularly choose a different location for your injections to prevent issues like bruising or irritation. Lastly, never inject this medication into the same spot 2 times in a row.
The medicine should be injected as soon as you mix the medication. This medication should never be mixed and then stored. If there is any leftover liquid from mixing the medication, this should be disposed of with the injection. Before injecting tesamorelin, you should look at the mixture to make sure that it’s clear and there are no particles floating around in it. If the solution is cloudy, has particles, or is colored, then you should not use this product. You should also never use this medication past its expiration date.
Tesamorelin Side Effects
Medications like tesamorelin do tend to have side effects that come from taking this medication. There are common side effects that you should expect when taking tesamorelin. You should talk to your doctor if you are suffering from any side effects, especially ones that are concerning to you.
Common Side Effects
- Difficulty with moving
- Muscle pain and/or stiffness
- Pain located in the legs or arms
- Joint pain
- Muscle cramping and aches
- Blistering, bleeding, swelling, tenderness, and other similar symptoms at the side of injection.
Less Common Side Effects
- Sour stomach
- Bone pain
- Midnight sweats
- Muscle spasms
- Joint stiffness
If you have any concerns about any side effects that you are experiencing, you should talk to your doctor. They can tell you whether or not the medication is the cause of your symptoms and what your next steps should be.
Treatment & Dosage
Tesamorelin is an injectable treatment used for various purposes but is primarily used to treat HIV-positive patients with lipodystrophy.
Every patient will have different dosage protocols for their specific situation. This is why it’s so important for you to follow the directions provided by your doctor. The dosage amount can depend on the strength of the medicine and the reason why you need to take this medication. The number of doses that you will need to take will also vary from person to person. For instance, adults may require a dosage of 2 mg injected subcutaneously once a day for HIV-infected lipodystrophy.
If you miss a dose, you should take it as soon as you remember to. However, you should never double up dosages or take the dose too close to the next dosage. You can skip the dose and continue with your regular schedule.
People struggling to burn fat are always looking for the right medications to provide the results needed to look and feel healthy. Tesamorelin can be one of those medications that can offer excellent weight loss benefits. This is a relatively new therapy but is also the strongest HGH peptide currently available for visceral fat treatments. It’s important that you talk to your doctor about this option to make sure that this is a good option for your specific needs. They will also tell you if this medication will interact with other medications that you may be taking.
If you are at all concerned with your hormones and are seeking weight loss solutions, contact EVOLVE patient care today.