Gerovital H3 is a supplement touted by supporters to be an effective treatment against aging. Its primary active ingredient is Procaine, popularly known as Novocaine, and is used as a anesthetic in dentistry. The effectiveness of this drug as an anti-aging treatment has yet to be confirmed by clinical trials, though the 1950’s saw a boom of celebrities and political figures receiving gerovital treatments. Since 1982, the FDA has banned Gerovital from being imported into the United States. In 1994, the US Federal Court classified Gerovital as a dietary supplement, rather than a drug. It is still possible to purchase Gerovital, notably through online retailers as a cream, a pill, and in injectable vials.
When considering taking any drug, it is important to note any possible side effects. It is recommended that one consult a health care professional to determine if starting this treatment will interfere with or worsen any pre-existing conditions. Women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a physician before starting a course of Gerovital injection, though it is suggested that it is not harmful to unborn or nursing children.
Possible side effects include:
- Rashes or hives
- Cephalic heat perception
- Metallic taste
- Convulsions and coma, resulting from intoxication
Generally these side effects occur in patients over 80 years of age, and are also more likely to develop when this drug is taken in pill form. Even after passing the initial allergy test, it is possible to develop a reaction to gerovital. Contact a medical professional if a rash or hives appear.
Proponents of gerovital claim that it is effective against a wide range of age related conditions, including hair loss, impotency, senility, osteoporosis, arthritis, poor eye sight, wrinkles, an varicose veins, . There is also some suggestion that gerovital may be a mild anti-depressant. It is important to remember that this drug is not currently recognized by the FDA as a treatment for any disease. However, Gerovital is generally considered safe when taken correctly, and its side effects are either mild or non existent.