Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.
Numerous sources have claimed that Deer Antler Spray , purportedly extracted from cervid sources, contains IGF-1.     Credence to this claim comes from the fact that deer's antlers grow extremely rapidly and that the associated cellular factors can similarly aid in skeletal healing in humans. IGF-1 is currently banned by various sporting bodies. However, sprays and pills claiming to be 'deer antler velvet extracts' are freely available on the market.  As IGF-1 is a protein, it cannot be absorbed orally since it is rapidly broken down in the gastrointestinal tract .  In September 2013, the headquarters of SWATS, a well-known distributor of deer antler spray and other controversial products, was raided and ordered to shut down by Alabama 's attorney general citing "numerous serious and willful violations of Alabama’s deceptive trade practices act".   Deer antler spray has been linked to prion disease.