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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is HCG available in Australia for pain relief?

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    In the US the FDA has approved the use of HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) — a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy, for pain. I'm wondering if Australia will follow suit. Interested to know if there are doctors with an interest in this area.
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    Dr Stephen Leow

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    The rationale for the use of HCG in pain comes from a small study of 12 patients done in the US. The author himself says that thismay indicate the need to hold a larger study to determine efficacy in the more general population of pain patients. The approval body in Australia is the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) and I do not believe that HCG is approved for use in Pain treatment in Australia.
    I think there would have to ge larger more controlled studies for the TGA to approve HCG for use in Pain in Australia

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Dr Leow. I appreciate getting more context for the US study too without having to read it. It's one I'll be watching. My pain of over 20 years disappeared when I was pregnant and most things that work for me are hormonally based.

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