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    Default HGH - Human growth hormone available in the DR?

    My father has just being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He is showing some symptoms but has not responded very well to his first set of medical therapy. He has one doctor that has been talking to him about trying HGH to slow the progress of the disease as an alternate therapy. My father's insurance will not cover the medication for this trial as they consider it experimental. My father, as you may imagine, is willing and eager to explore any therapy that may at least slow the development of the disease and we want to try the HGH route and I wanted to find out if it is available in the DR and if so what is it called and if you have any idea of the approximate cost. I am hoping that it may be less expensive than in the USA. Also, if available, do we need a prescription to buy it will a prescription from him US doctor be sufficient? Thank you.

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    Sorry to hear about your dad's prognosis. Itis a devastating disease. Sounds like he is at the early hopeful stages. Parkinson's is one disease where a celebrity has made a difference. In perception, if not in actual clinical improvement. Don't trust charlatans. Trust your doctor. Makes sure he takes his medicine on time. Crucial for Parkinson's. And put your and his effort in general health improvement, which has shown some positive outcome in how patients perceive the effects of the diese. He'll need your help. As a rule, other countries besides USA are relatively lax regarding medications not used for abuse. Their is no easy answer fr Parkinson's. You can reliably trust Michael j fox foundation and the education you can find there. Good luck. Btw, luck is the one clinical criteria left out of every study. Cuz it can't be quantified.

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    how old is pop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mofongoloco View Post
    Sorry to hear about your dad's prognosis. Itis a devastating disease. Sounds like he is at the early hopeful stages. Parkinson's is one disease where a celebrity has made a difference. In perception, if not in actual clinical improvement. Don't trust charlatans. Trust your doctor. Makes sure he takes his medicine on time. Crucial for Parkinson's. And put your and his effort in general health improvement, which has shown some positive outcome in how patients perceive the effects of the diese. He'll need your help. As a rule, other countries besides USA are relatively lax regarding medications not used for abuse. Their is no easy answer fr Parkinson's. You can reliably trust Michael j fox foundation and the education you can find there. Good luck. Btw, luck is the one clinical criteria left out of every study. Cuz it can't be quantified.
    Thank you for your sound advice. They have just recently determined that is what is affecting him as they had a few wrong turns on the road to the correct diagnostic. However, when this conclusion came about, it unfortunately rang true as he had almost a text-book case of symptoms by that time. From the initial diagnosis until now, about 8 months have passed and the shock is beginning to wear off. He is starting to come to grips with the realities of the disease and his future. He has always enjoyed good physical health but this new challenge is starting to affect his attitude and that is currently his biggest struggle. Any spot of hope, however remote or experimental, gives him a nervous optimism and if for nothing else we are willing to explore any additional therapies as long as they do not interfere with ongoing treatment or present some sort of danger to his health.
    Thanks again for your concern and your thoughtful comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chic View Post
    how old is pop?
    Recently turned 81. He has always enjoyed a full and healthy life and rarely gets sick. This does not exist in other family members, past or present, and so it arrived quite unexpectedly.

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    wow good for him 81 i myself will never again give buy administer alternatives drugs...natural remedies...ok but u got to realize at that age to do a reversal by natural holis. cures...could have another organ failure and go... bring him down and let him enjoy the air ssea sun good help. thats what i want clean underwear, trip outside 2x or 3x week to a restaurant.. stroll on the promanade and we all know we are going...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigocean View Post
    My father has just being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He is showing some symptoms but has not responded very well to his first set of medical therapy. He has one doctor that has been talking to him about trying HGH to slow the progress of the disease as an alternate therapy. My father's insurance will not cover the medication for this trial as they consider it experimental. My father, as you may imagine, is willing and eager to explore any therapy that may at least slow the development of the disease and we want to try the HGH route and I wanted to find out if it is available in the DR and if so what is it called and if you have any idea of the approximate cost. I am hoping that it may be less expensive than in the USA. Also, if available, do we need a prescription to buy it will a prescription from him US doctor be sufficient? Thank you.
    I have been running a project to help a young girl who suffers from lack of HGH and therefore was not growing to a normal height. She was evaluated by a pediatric endocrinologist in Santo Domingo. The doctor provided a prescription which was forwarded to the pharmaceutical company. An ampule of HGH (Saizen) costs RD $10,650 at this time. She needs two ampules every other month, which ends up costing (at the current exchange rate) around $470 every other month.

    I have no idea if a prescription from a doctor in the US would be acceptable. Also, there are different strengths, and the amount of hormone prescribed will be the final determinant of the cost.

    You might find some information in my thread:

    http://dr1.com/forums/community-supp...nce-child.html

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    Hey bigocean

    One of my best friends is only 39 yeads old.. he is the..second youngest person living in denmark with parkinson, my best advice to your father is to try to renain as physical active as possible...working out as much as possible and keeping a active llifestyle with as much movement as possible..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigocean View Post
    Recently turned 81. He has always enjoyed a full and healthy life and rarely gets sick. This does not exist in other family members, past or present, and so it arrived quite unexpectedly.
    Quite a late onset for Parkinson's, have they done a lot of tests? Some meds have side effects that mimic Parkinson's.

    My mom's tremors began in her early 60's, and she had good response to meds early on, but eventually each one stopped working and they moved on to stronger drugs. HGH was never mentioned. The best results we heard of were from the brain stimulation surgery, but they don't like to do it on patients over 80. Mom lived to age 86, thankfully never got the dementia that usually goes along with the later-stage Parkinson's. [Anesthesia from an unrelated surgery was her downfall].

    Mom was one of 11 kids, had probably 40 first cousins, and she was the only one with Parkinson's, so it's not always genetic. I pray I never get that diagnosis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlterEgo View Post

    Mom was one of 11 kids, had probably 40 first cousins, and she was the only one with Parkinson's, so it's not always genetic. I pray I never get that diagnosis.
    Or Alzheimers. Both horrible ways to leave this life.

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