Give support. Get support.

  • Maintain a positive attitude. Be patient and be sure to support your child at all times
  • Seek out a mentor, or other parents who've been through the treatment, for support; the doctor's office may be a good source
  • Check out parent support groups and online discussion boards

Spend time on websites that offer information and support

The Magic Foundation for children's growth is an American nonprofit organization. It helps families of children diagnosed with a wide variety of different growth-impacting medical conditions through education, networking, physician referrals, and many other services. “MAGIC” stands for Major Aspects of Growth In Children.

Little People of America (LPA) is a nonprofit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families. It offers peer and parent support, medical resources and referrals, scholarships, and programs that benefit the people of the short stature community. It also promotes education, community outreach, personal and family strength, and life achievements.

Find strength within yourself

There may be days when your child is afraid of being teased at school, scared about their treatment, or frustrated if growth doesn't happen overnight. As a parent, you may have your own frustrations and anxieties.

Remind yourself that you've been a successful advocate for your child and are taking positive steps to help your child. Let your child know how confident you feel about treatment, and celebrate the gains along the way with a fun outing or treat, a celebratory dinner, or hugs and lots of praise. Feel free to pat yourself on the back, too, for getting your child this far.

Follow-up is important

Important Safety Information

Who should not use INCRELEX®?

Your child should not take INCRELEX if your child: has finished growing (the growth plates at the end of the bones are closed); has cancer; has other causes of growth failure; OR is allergic to mecasermin or any of the inactive ingredients in INCRELEX. INCRELEX has not been studied in children under 2 years of age and should never be used in newborns. Your child should never receive INCRELEX through a vein.

Before your child takes INCRELEX, you should tell your child's doctor about:

All of your child's health conditions, including: diabetes, kidney problems, liver problems, allergies, scoliosis (curved spine), pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

All the medicines (prescription and nonprescription), vitamins, and herbal supplements your child takes, especially insulin or other anti-diabetes medicines, which may require dose adjustment of these medicines.

What are possible side effects of INCRELEX (some of which can be serious)?

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Only give your child INCRELEX right before or right after (20 minutes on either side of) a snack or meal to reduce the chances of hypoglycemia. Signs include: dizziness, tiredness, restlessness, hunger, irritability, trouble concentrating, sweating, nausea, and fast or irregular heartbeat. Do not give your child INCRELEX if your child is sick or cannot eat.

Severe hypoglycemia may cause unconsciousness, seizures, or death. People taking INCRELEX should avoid participating in high risk activities (such as driving) within 2 to 3 hours after an INCRELEX injection.

Increased pressure in the brain (intracranial hypertension). INCRELEX, like growth hormone, can sometimes cause a temporary increase in pressure within the brain. Symptoms include persistent headache, blurred vision, and nausea with vomiting.

Allergic reactions. Your child may have a mild or serious allergic reaction with INCRELEX. Call your child's doctor right away if your child gets a rash or hives. Hives, also known as urticaria, appear as a raised, itchy skin reaction. Hives appear pale in the middle with a red rim around them. Hives generally appear minutes to hours after the injection and may sometimes occur at numerous places on the skin. Get medical help immediately if your child has trouble breathing or goes into shock, with symptoms like dizziness, pale, clammy skin, and/or passing out.

Enlarged tonsils. Signs include: snoring, difficulty breathing or swallowing, sleep apnea (a condition where breathing stops briefly during sleep), or fluid in the middle ear.

A bone problem called slipped capital femoral epiphysis. This happens when the top of the upper leg (femur) slips apart from the rest of the bone. Seek immediate medical attention if your child develops a limp or has hip or knee pain.

Worsened scoliosis (caused by rapid growth).

Injection site reactions including: swelling, loss of fat, increase of fat, pain, redness, or bruising. This can be avoided by changing/rotating the injection site at each injection.

Your child's doctor is your primary source of information about treatment. For more information, please talk to your doctor and download and review the full Patient Prescribing Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here to view Increlex® Full Prescribing Information and Patient Information

Who is INCRELEX for?

INCRELEX is used to treat children who are very short for their age because their bodies do not make enough IGF-1. This condition is called severe primary IGF-1 deficiency. INCRELEX should not be used instead of growth hormone.

Indication

Who should not use INCRELEX®?

Your child should not take INCRELEX if your child: has finished growing (the growth plates at the end of the bones are closed); has cancer; has other causes of growth failure; OR is allergic to mecasermin or any of the inactive ingredients in INCRELEX. INCRELEX has not been studied in children under 2 years of age and should never be used in newborns. Your child should never receive INCRELEX through a vein.

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