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Increlex Overdose

If you believe your child has overdosed on Increlex (mecasermin), seek emergency medical care. An overdose may cause severely low blood sugar levels, which can lead to confusion, seizures, and even death. The specific effects will depend on how much of the drug was used, whether it was combined with other drugs, and other factors. Treatment will usually involve raising blood sugar levels.


Can You Use Too Much Increlex?

Increlex® (mecasermin) is a prescription medication used to treat children with low blood levels of the hormone insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 is important for human growth.
As with most medications, it is possible to overdose on Increlex. The specific effects of an overdose would likely vary, however, depending on a number of factors, including the Increlex dosage and whether it was given with any other medications or substances.

Symptoms of an Overdose

An Increlex overdose would be expected to cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels). Some of the early symptoms of hypoglycemia include:
  • Sweating
  • Hunger
  • Shakiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Cold sweats
  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty concentrating.
More severe symptoms of hypoglycemia may include:
  • Loss of coordination
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking
  • A fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Unconsciousness
  • Seizure
  • Loss of life.
Taking large doses of Increlex over a long period of time could cause symptoms of a condition known as acromegaly. The most common symptom of acromegaly is enlargement of the hands and feet.
(Click Acromegaly Symptoms to learn about other possible symptoms.)
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