iPlex and Alcohol
iPlex generic name mecasermin rinfabate is a manufactured form of insulin like growth factor IGF-1 which is usually produced by the body and is important for the growth of bone and muscles and is used to treat lack of growth in children.
Alcohol consumption is not a consideration as this treatment is for children.
This drug should not be used if the child has cancer, has finished growing or has other causes of growth failure.
The medicine must be injected 20 minutes before or after the child has eaten as it may result in low blood sugar. Know the signs of low blood sugar and always keep a source of sugar such as orange juice, glucose gel, candy or milk available as severe hypoglycemia may cause fainting, seizure, convulsions or death.
Before using iPlex advise your physician if your child has finished growing, has cancer, other causes of growth failure, diabetes, kidney problems, liver problems or scoliosis (curved spine), is allergic to any drugs or substances.
Serious side effects are allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, temporary increase in pressure in the brain with the symptoms being pain behind the eyes and nausea with vomiting. The drug may cause a bone problem called slipped capital femoral epiphysis which is when the top of the femur slips apart. It may also cause hypoglycemia as discussed above. iPlex may cause worsened scoliosis (curvature of the spine) which is caused by fast growth. This should be checked regularly. If these occur get emergency medical 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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