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Increlex Medication Information

Increlex® (mecasermin) is a drug used to treat children who are very short for their age. This medicine is approved for cases where the growth failure is caused by a lack of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), a hormone that is important for human growth. This is known as severe primary IGF-1 deficiency. Increlex is also approved for use in children who have developed antibodies against growth hormone treatment.
 
Increlex comes as a liquid that is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) twice daily. Because this drug can cause low blood sugar, it is important that your child eats within 20 before or 20 minutes after each dose is injected.
 
If your child's healthcare provider recommends treatment with Increlex, he or she will need information on your child's medical history and any other medications, vitamins, or supplements your child is taking. By reviewing these details, you can help to minimize your child's risk for potentially dangerous complications.
 
(To learn more, click Increlex. This full-length article covers more information, including details on how the medication works, what to expect during treatment, and other important warnings and precautions.)
 
 

Increlex Medication Information

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