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Increlex and Breastfeeding

It is unclear if Increlex (mecasermin) passes through breast milk. However, women are generally advised to use this medicine with caution while breastfeeding. Increlex has not been studied in women who are nursing, so it is unknown if the medication would have any negative effects on a nursing infant.


Can Breastfeeding Women Use Increlex?

Increlex® (mecasermin) is a prescription medication that is similar to the hormone known as insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). It is used in children who are short for their age because they do not have enough of this hormone in their body.
At this time, it is unknown if Increlex passes through breast milk. The manufacturer of the medication recommends that it be used cautiously in women who are breastfeeding.

More Information on Increlex and Breastfeeding

No research has been done on using Increlex while breastfeeding. Therefore, it is unknown if Increlex passes through breast milk, or whether it would harm a nursing child. While this lack of information is certainly frustrating, it is important to understand that studies of medications are rarely done in breastfeeding women, as this would usually expose an infant, who will not directly benefit from the medication, to possible risks.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Increlex use with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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