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Increlex and Adults

Increlex® (mecasermin) is approved to treat children who are short for their age because they do not have enough of the hormone called insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), which is important for human growth. This medicine is approved for use in children age 2 to 18. Increlex is not approved for adults, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.
Interestingly, Increlex has been studied for "off-label" (unapproved) uses in adults. This includes the treatment of the following conditions:
The results of this research are inconclusive at this time.
(Click Increlex Uses to read more about how this drug is used to treat growth problems in children. It also describes some unapproved reasons a healthcare provider might prescribe this drug.)
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