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Generic Name: mecasermin (ME ka SER min)
Brand Names: Increlex

Increlex (mecasermin) is a man-made form of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), a substance that is normally produced in the body. IGF-1 is important for the growth of bones and muscles. Click here for more info

Increlex is used to treat growth failure in children whose bodies do not make enough IGF-1.

Increlex is used for growth hormone deficiency, malnutrition, underactive thyroid, or those who are taking long-term steroid medications.

Important information

Increlex should not be given to a child who has cancer, or a child who has finished growing (the bone growth plates are closed).

Increlex is not for use in children who have growth hormone deficiency, malnutrition, underactive thyroid, or those who are taking long-term steroid medications. Click here for more info

Before your child receives this medicine, tell the doctor if your child has diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, a curved spine (scoliosis), or if the child has ever had an allergic reaction to a preservative called benzyl alcohol.

Increlex s injected under the skin. You and your child may be shown how to use injections at home. Make sure you fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.

Take care not to let your child’s blood sugar get too low while using this medicine. Know the signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and how to recognize them. Click here for more info

Your child should not use  if he or she is allergic to mecasermin, or if:

  • the child has cancer; or
  • the child has finished growing and his or her bone growth plates are closed.

To make sure  is safe for your, tell the doctor if your child has:

  • diabetes;
  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease; or
  • a curved spine (scoliosis).


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