Nov 18, 2006
What are your thoughts on Serostim?
Did you use it with patients? Where?
Response from Dr. Wohl
Serostim (growth hormone) has been found to reduce deep abdominal fat in people with HIV. It certainly works. The problem is that it does have a few side effects. These include an increase in blood sugar, aches, carpal tunnel syndrome and fluid retention. This may be due to the dose of growth hormone that has been used - which may be too high. Lower doses may work slower but perhaps be better tolerated. And, lower doses are cheaper. This is a very expensive drug.
So, I think there is a role for growth hormone for some HIV+ people with disturbing accumulation of fat WITHIN the belly.
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