How Much Is HGH Therapy?

Elite HRT

Written by Elite HRT on June 20, 2021

Medically reviewed by

Camille Frecking, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, MEDICAL ADVISOR

It would be nice if you didn’t have to worry about the cost of medications and could simply get everything you needed with no financial burden. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, so you may be wondering how much human growth hormone therapy (HGH) will cost you. 

Human growth hormone treatments do not cost the same for everyone because different factors go into how much medication you will need to take. Your current hormone levels, the severity of your growth hormone deficiency and symptoms, your weight, and brand or form of human growth hormone can all play into the cost you will have to pay. 

Keep reading to learn more about how much human growth hormone treatments may cost you, how you can pay for the treatments, and how Elite HRT can help you on your journey with human growth hormone treatments. 

Who Should Take HGH Therapy?

Before getting into how much human growth hormone therapy costs it is important to understand who human growth hormone therapy is for. Human growth hormone therapy has been known to be misused for athletes who are looking to boost their performance thanks to its anti-aging effects and nickname as a fountain of youth. However, this is not how the medication is intended to be used, and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved it for this use as it can even have adverse effects for people who use it inappropriately or without the supervision of a doctor. 

GH treatment is intended to be used for people who have an GH deficiency and cannot produce the necessary amount of hormone to be balanced. When this happens there are negative side effects such as less muscle mass, more body fat, poor sleep quality, low libido, low energy levels, and mental health issues. 

If you are experiencing any of these side effects you should talk with your doctor to see if human GH therapy may be helpful for you. If this sounds like you, it may also be helpful to understand more about the financial obligations that come along with human growth hormone treatment. 

How Expensive is HGH Therapy?

As you know, human growth hormone therapy is not one size fits all and the cost can vary depending on a variety of factors. There is a common range of the cost that is anywhere from $500 to $1,500 per month. 

Of course, this is just a range and it could cost less or more. This may seem like an expensive treatment, but it may be helpful to view it as an investment in your health and yourself. 

Is there really a price you can put on improving your overall quality of life? Clearly, for some people, this may not seem feasible, but there may be ways to help you pay for your treatment and get the results you are looking for. 

If cost is the only thing holding you back, take the necessary steps to see if this may truly help you by doing a consultation, and then work with your provider to see what can be done to help you afford the treatments if needed. 

What Goes Into the Cost of HGH Therapy?

What goes into the cost of human growth hormone therapy is dependent on if something impacts your dose or the length of treatment that you will need to complete. Hormone levels, symptoms, type of treatment (injections versus pills versus sprays), body weight, and brand of HGH/manufacturer (Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, etc.) all impact the price of your human growth hormone treatment process. 

How Much HGH Your Body Produces

Before you are prescribed human growth hormone you will go through a series of hormone level testing. This is usually a blood test that will see how much of the hormone is circulating in your body. This helps your provider know if you need help to boost your hormone levels, if they are in a normal range, or if you have too much hormone being produced. 

If it is found that you have low levels of human growth hormone this is when HGH replacement therapy is considered. Going from there how deficient you are in the hormone will impact your dose of human growth hormone. 

You can think of it like this. If your cup of water is half full you only need enough water to fill half of a glass to make it full. On the other hand, if your glass is completely empty, you will need enough water to fill the whole glass to make it full. This is the same concept with your human growth hormone dose. 

If your human growth hormone level is very low you will need more hormones than someone with only a little bit low human growth hormone levels. The more hormones you need the more expensive your treatment will be. 

How Serious Your Symptoms Are

How serious your symptoms are will also impact your dose of human growth hormone. It is likely that if your symptoms of having low human growth hormone are very severe that you may need a higher dose of human growth hormone. Your healthcare provider will likely start you on a lower dose and see how you respond to the medication. 

If your symptoms go away you may have found the right dose, but if your symptoms persist this can give your doctor a clue that maybe you need a higher dose. As your dose increases, you will inadvertently be paying more for your treatments. 

However, having severe symptoms does not always correlate to needing a higher dose of medication. This is an individual approach to dosing and will be taken step by step with your healthcare provider. 

How Much You Weigh

You may not have thought of this before, but your weight can also impact the amount of hormones that you will need. A child that weighs 60 pounds will need a lower dose of medication than a 200-pound adult male. 

Weight is taken into consideration when choosing the appropriate dose so that your body has the correct amount of hormone in the blood. There is an appropriate ratio from weight to the amount of medication. 

For example, with somatropin, a form of human growth hormone, one of the dosage guidelines for adults is 0.005 milligrams per 1 kilogram. However, keep in mind that this is just a guideline and the dose may be adjusted by your doctor for other reasons as well. 

The Brand and Form of HGH

There are multiple forms and brands of human growth hormone that each have its own indications. Each of the varieties is priced differently which can have an impact on your treatment cost. 

Omnitrope, Zomacton, Humatrope, Genotropin, and Norditropin are all common different brand names for somatropin injectable HGH. 

Norditropin usually costs more than the other 2 options, most likely due to its pen injector. This makes it easier for you to administer because you do not have to prep the syringe and needle. The forms also may have different strengths and formulas so it is important not to mix and match the medications without instructions from your provider. 

How Can You Pay for HGH?

Every person’s situation is different, so there are different options for paying for your human growth hormone treatments. The two main options are out of pocket and with insurance. Even though these are the 2 most popular ways to pay for hormone replacement therapy, there are also other ways as well such as a payment plan through your clinic, sponsorships from pharmaceutical companies, and there may be things specific to your clinic or area. 

Out of Pocket

Paying out of pocket for human growth hormone treatments is an option that many people use to finance their medications and visits. This may be difficult for some, but if you are in a stable financial situation this may be the right option for you. 

This may also include those who do not have health or prescription insurance coverage, or if your insurance does not cover hormone replacement therapy. With this option, you may need to save up before starting the treatments, depending on your clinic’s policies and procedures. 

Insurance

Another option that may be helpful is using your insurance for your human growth hormone treatments. Not all insurance will cover the cost of hormone replacement therapy, so you will want to check with your insurance agency to see if this is something that is covered. 

Since you are showing that you have a diagnosed hormone deficiency oftentimes the insurance will cover the medications if it is deemed medically necessary, which can be the make or break when it comes to affordability of your average monthly costs. 

Conclusion

Human growth hormone treatments do not come without a monetary cost, but for many, this cost is worth the great benefits that they receive. Elite HRT offers HGH therapy that is personalized for you and is happy to help with going over all of the options regarding cost and medications. 

Sources:

Growth Hormone (Parenteral Route) Proper Use

Diseases & Conditions Growth hormone, athletic performance, and aging

Human growth hormone (HGH): Does it slow aging?