Increlex and Alcohol
Increlex generic name mecasermin is a synthetic form of insulin like growth factor-1 which is a substance that is normally produced in the body and is important for the growth of bones and muscle. It is an injection type drug.
This drug is used to treat lack of growth in children whose bodies do not manufacture enough IGF-1 or with growth hormone gene deletion who have developed neutralizing antibodies to GH.
Since this drug is used for the treatment of children the consumption of alcohol is not considered.
Before using Increlex advise your physician if your child is allergic to this drug, any other drug or substance, has cancer, is finished growing and his or her bone growth plates are closed.
Note this drug is not for use in children who have a growth hormone deficiency, malnutrition, underactive thyroid or those who are taking long term steroid medications, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, curved spine or a history of allergic reaction to a preservative called benzyl alcohol.
While using this drug be careful that your child’s blood sugar does not go too low. You should know the signs of hypoglycemia which are, hunger, weakness, nausea, irritability, tremors, drowsiness, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, confusion, trouble concentrating, sweating, fast heartbeat, seizure, fainting or coma.
Less serious side effects are dizziness, joint pain, thickening of facial skin, easy bruising, pain, redness or changes in the skin near the injection site. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are blurred vision, severe headache or pain behind the eyes, occasional vomiting, pain in the hip or knee, walking with a limp, seizures, swollen tonsils, snoring, breathing problems during sleep, pain or fullness in your ear or hearing problems. If these occur get emergency help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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