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Is it safe to use human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) for weight loss?

Craig B. Primack, MD
General Practice

Bariatric medicine specialist Dr. Craig Primack discusses whether or not it's safe to use human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) for weight loss. Watch Dr. Primack's video for information on obesity, bariatrics and weight loss.


Kent Holtorf, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Safety has not been a significant concern because human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is normally produced in large quantities by the placenta during pregnancy. In comparison, the doses used for weight loss are very small. There are over 1,000,000 units of HCG produced per day during pregnancy while the dose used for weight loss is typically 125-150 units per day. At this dose, side effects are very uncommon, and hundreds of thousands of patients have been safely treated with HCG for weight loss over the past years.

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