Sermorelin and Alcohol: Is it Safe to Mix the Two?
Sermorelin is a synthetic growth hormone secretagogue. It is a small peptide made up of 29 amino acids. It stimulates the release of natural growth hormone from your pituitary gland. Many people use sermorelin to counteract the natural decline in growth hormones associated with aging. Growth hormone levels tend to decline by about 15% per decade, starting around age 30.1,2
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Why use Sermorelin?
The pituitary gland secretes human growth hormone and has many effects on the body, many of which are mediated by IGF, including:
- Maintaining muscle mass
- Promotes fat-burning
- Improves cardiovascular function
- Boosts stamina
- Shortens recovery time
Declines in growth hormone are associated with less energy, slower metabolism, reduced muscle mass, increased abdominal fat, trouble sleeping, cognitive changes, and increased recovery time.3
Over 2,000 papers have been published, leading to a consensus that growth hormone replacement can reverse many of the abnormalities associated with age-related growth hormone deficiency.4,5
How does Sermorelin make you feel?
Research has suggested that growth hormone secretagogues, like sermorelin, appear safe, with very few adverse effects reported.6,7 The most common side effects associated with sermorelin use are:
- Pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
- Difficulty swallowing
Rarer, more serious side effects can occur. Call your doctor if you experience these side effects.
Can you eat after taking Sermorelin?
Sermorelin works best if taken at least two hours after eating and two hours before eating your next meal. This is so the insulin released after eating does not interfere with the release of growth hormone and IGF-1.
Growth hormone rises within about 20 minutes after injecting sermorelin. Growth hormone mediates the release of IGF-1 in the liver. IGF-1 and insulin released after a meal may have competing effects.
To minimize potential side effects from using sermorelin and maximize growth hormone release, stay well-hydrated and avoid consuming high-glycemic foods that cause insulin spikes.
Can you drink alcohol and take Sermorelin?
According to drugs.com, there should not be an interaction between alcohol use and sermorelin. However, alcohol, like food, affects insulin release. Drinking an alcoholic beverage within two hours of taking sermorelin may make sermorelin less effective.
Side effects from consuming alcohol and taking sermorelin overlap. Using these together may worsen these side effects.
How long does it take to see results from Sermorelin?
Sermorelin reaches its peak blood level within 5 to 20 minutes after injection. However, it may take several months to notice the benefits. Each person responds to medication differently. Contact your doctor if you do not experience increased muscle strength and decreased fat mass within 3 to 6 months.
When is the best time to take Sermorelin?
The best time to take sermorelin is before going to sleep. This mimics natural growth hormone release.
Does Sermorelin burn body fat?
There is not enough research to answer this question. Studies on potential anti-aging peptides are expected to increase substantially in the next few decades, as there is a trend toward considering aging as a treatable condition and not an inevitable decline in strength and vitality.
Researchers have observed that sermorelin injections increase human growth hormone levels in the bloodstream. Since human growth hormones decline with age, safely increasing them back to levels associated with greater strength and healthier body composition would be an effective anti-aging therapy.
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- Reed ML, Merriam GR, Kargi AY. Adult growth hormone deficiency – benefits, side effects, and risks of growth hormone replacement. Front Endocrinol. 2013;4:64.
- Melmed S. Pathogenesis and diagnosis of growth hormone deficiency in adults. N Engl J Med. 2019 Jun 27;380(26):2551–2562
- Sigalos JT, Pastuszak AW. The Safety and Efficacy of Growth Hormone Secretagogues. Sex Med Rev. 2018 Jan;6(1):45-53. doi: 10.1016/j.sxmr.2017.02.004. Epub 2017 Apr 8. PMID: 28400207; PMCID: PMC5632578.