Over the last few years, peptide therapy has become significantly more popular among people who are interested in hormone replacement and medical weight loss.
In fact, there are currently five different peptide drugs on the market and around a dozen more that are undergoing advanced clinical tests.
Of all the peptide drugs on the market, one of the most effective, most popular, and one of the safest is Sermorelin. If you're interested in trying Sermorelin, it's important to know what to expect from the treatment.
Read on to learn more about the most common Sermorelin side effects, along with tips on how to treat them effectively.
What is Sermorelin?
Sermorelin is a hormone that promotes the release of human growth hormone (HGH).
Sermorelin works by stimulating the pituitary gland, a tiny, pea-sized gland in the brain that is responsible for releasing HGH.
Patients use Sermorelin injections to treat a variety of health conditions brought on by a decreased production of HGH. Sermorelin is also commonly used in medical weight loss clinics to promote weight loss and increase muscle mass.
Benefits of Sermorelin
There are many health benefits that come with receiving Sermorelin injections. Some of the specific benefits people notice include:
Improved sleep patterns
Increases in strength, energy, and stamina
Improved immune system function
Increased bone mineral density and improved bone health
Increased muscle growth
Decreased body fat
Improved skin, hair, and nail health
Men who receive Sermorelin injections may also experience an increase in their testosterone levels. This can be helpful for older men who are struggling with weight loss and/or muscle growth as a result of getting older.
Sermorelin also offers health benefits even after you've stopped receiving the injections.
This is because it reinvigorates the body's production of human growth hormone. As a result, the increases in HGH production tend to remain consistent -- or even increase -- over time. This is why Sermorelin is sometimes referred to as an anti-aging drug.
aCommon Sermorelin Side Effects
As with any drug, there are some side effects that may accompany the use of Sermorelin.
Sermorelin is very safe, and most people who receive Sermorelin injections don't experience any side effects at all. But, the following mild side effects are the most common:
Irritation at the injection site (pain, redness, swelling, itchiness, etc.)
In rare cases, people receiving Sermorelin injections may also experience difficulty swallowing, pale skin, tightness in the chest, and hyperactivity.
The side effects associated with Sermorelin injections tend to be mild and temporary. They go away quickly as the body gets used to receiving the Sermorelin.
How to Treat Sermorelin Side Effects
The side effects associated with Sermorelin injections are usually mild, but that doesn't mean they aren't unpleasant.
If you experience any of the most common Sermorelin side effects (nausea, vomiting, headaches, irritation at the injection site, etc.), these tips can help you manage your symptoms effectively and experience the relief you need.
Managing Nausea and Vomiting
Many people find that they can prevent nausea and vomiting by taking their Sermorelin injections shortly after eating.
If you do experience nausea and vomiting, you can also take these steps to treat your symptoms:
Stick to clear, cold liquids
Eat light, bland foods (saltine crackers, dry toast, etc.) that are easy on the stomach
Avoid eating fried, greasy, or overly sweet foods
Drink beverages slowly
Eat slowly and eat small meals more frequently
Avoid strenuous activity after you eat
If you're vomiting, you may also want to discontinue your consumption of oral medications (with your doctor's approval, of course). Oral medications can irritate your stomach and make vomiting worse.
After vomiting, it may be helpful to replenish your electrolyte balance with a sports drink. If you prefer a more natural option, you can drink a glass of water with a little sea salt and lemon juice added to it.
If you experience headaches when you start receiving your Sermorelin injections, these tips can help you find relief:
Lie down in a dark, quiet room, close your eyes, and rest
Massage your neck and temples to improve blood flow and soothe tension
Place an ice pack on your forehead
Place a heating pad or hot water bottle on the back of your neck for additional tension relief
Try meditating to promote relaxation and improve your pain perception
Reduce your stress as much as possible (try leaving work early, ask your partner to watch the children, etc.)
It's also helpful to avoid foods or drinks that could make headaches work. High-sugar foods and beverages, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol can all have this effect.
If these methods don't help you find relief from your headache, you can also try taking an over-the-counter painkiller like acetaminophen, naproxen, aspirin, or ibuprofen.
Managing Irritation at the Injection Site
Redness, itchiness, or swelling at the injection site is common, especially when you first start receiving Sermorelin injections.
To prevent post-injection irritation, be sure to follow the injection instructions exactly as they're written. Be especially vigilant about following the instructions related to safe, sanitary medication injection.
If your post-injection irritation is relatively mild, you can try the following remedies to minimize it:
Apply an ice pack to minimize swelling, pain, and itching
Use an over-the-counter painkiller to reduce pain and inflammation
Apply a topical anti-itch cream to the area around the injection site
If your reaction is more severe or doesn't go away with these remedies, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. You may need to adjust your dosage or try a different treatment option.
Try Sermorelin Today
Now that you know more about the most common Sermorelin side effects -- and how to cope with them -- are you interested in giving Sermorelin a try?
If so, be sure to obtain it from a licensed medical professional. This will help you experience the greatest benefits and avoid unpleasant side effects.
If you want to try Sermorelin, contact us at Nuimage Medical to learn more about our services or to enroll in one of our weight loss programs.