Directory of Drugs: Increlex - Mecasermin [rDNA origin]
What Is Increlex?
Increlex is an injectable prescription medicine used to treat children who are very short for their age because their bodies do not make enough insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 should not be used instead of growth hormone.
Increlex has not been studied in children under 2 years of age.
Who Should Not Be Treated With Increlex?
Your child should not be treated with Increlex if your child:
Your child should never receive Increlex through a vein.
What Are The Risks?
The following are the major potential risks and side effects of Increlex therapy. However, this list is not complete.
Increlex may cause the following side effects, which can be serious:
Severe low blood sugar may cause unconsciousness, seizures or death. Your child should avoid participating in high risk activities (such as driving) within 2 to 3 hours after Increlex injection, especially at the beginning of Increlex treatment.
Before beginning treatment with Increlex, your child’s healthcare professional should explain to you the symptoms of low blood sugar and how to treat it.
Increlex can cause reactions at the injection site including:
What Should I Tell My Child’s Healthcare Professional?
Before your child starts taking Increlex, tell your child’s healthcare professional if your child:
Can Other Medicines Or Food Affect Increlex?
Tell your child’s healthcare professional about all the medicines your child takes including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Especially tell your child’s healthcare professional if your child takes insulin or other anti-diabetes medicines.
How Should My Child Use Increlex?
Date created: November 21, 2005
Date Approved: August 2005
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