Because each child is unique: Ask your doctor if Increlex is
the appropriate treatment for your child.

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. Increlex has not been studied in children under 2 years of age.

Because each child is unique: Ask your doctor if Increlex is
the appropriate treatment for your child.

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. Increlex has not been studied in children under 2 years of age.

Olive has been diagnosed with severe IGFD and shares her story of using Increlex. All other individuals shown here are actors.

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There's only a relatively short period of time when children are able to grow. Once your child reaches the teen years, growth slows and eventually stops when growth plates in the body close. If you feel your child is very short for his or her age, it's important to act sooner rather than later, so don't hesitate to talk to your pediatrician. The pediatrician may order a growth hormone test or refer you to a pediatric endocrinologist, who may check for more specific growth hormone deficiencies and severe primary IGF-1 deficiency or other conditions that may cause a slow rate of growth.

Important Safety Information & Indication

Who should not receive INCRELEX?

Your child should not receive INCRELEX if your child: has any tumors or growths, noncancerous or cancerous; or has a history of cancer or a condition or family history that increases the risk of cancer; is allergic to mecasermin or any of the ingredients in INCRELEX; or has finished growing. Your child should never receive INCRELEX through a vein.

What should I tell my child’s doctor before my child starts INCRELEX?

Tell your child's doctor about all of your child's medical conditions, including if your child has any tumors or growths, noncancerous or cancerous; or has a history of cancer or a condition or family history that increases the risk of cancer, diabetes, a curved spine (scoliosis), or is pregnant or breast-feeding.

Tell your child’s doctor about all the medicines (prescription and over-the-counter), vitamins, and herbal supplements your child takes. Especially tell your child’s doctor if your child takes insulin or other anti-diabetes medicines; a change in dose may be needed.

What are possible side effects of INCRELEX?
INCRELEX may cause the following side effects, which can be serious:

  • Tumor Growths. Several cases of tumors, both noncancerous and cancerous, have occurred in patients receiving INCRELEX. Tell your doctor immediately if your child develops any new growths or symptoms of cancer.
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). INCRELEX may lower blood sugar levels. It is important to only give your child INCRELEX 20 minutes before or 20 minutes after a meal or snack to reduce the chances of low blood sugar. Do not give your child INCRELEX if your child cannot eat. Signs of low blood sugar include: dizziness; tiredness; restlessness; hunger; irritability; trouble concentrating; sweating; nausea; and fast or irregular heartbeat. Severe low blood sugar may cause unconsciousness, seizures, or death. Your child should avoid participating in high risk activities within 2 to 3 hours after an INCRELEX injection, especially at the beginning of treatment. Your child should always have a source of sugar such as orange juice, glucose gel, candy, or milk available in case symptoms of low blood sugar happen. For severe low blood sugar, if your child is not responsive and cannot drink sugar-containing fluids, you should get emergency medical help for your child right away.
  • Allergic reactions are a serious but common side effect of INCRELEX. Call your child’s doctor right away if your child gets a rash or hives, which generally appear minutes to hours after the injection and may sometimes occur at many places on the skin. Get medical help right away if your child has trouble breathing or goes into shock, with symptoms like dizziness, pale, clammy skin or passing out. INCRELEX can also cause reactions at the injection site including: loss of fat (lipoatrophy); increase of fat (lipohypertrophy); pain; redness; or bruising.
  • 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 and nausea with vomiting.
  • Enlarged tonsils. Signs include: snoring, difficulty breathing, sleep apnea (a condition where breathing stops briefly during sleep), or fluid in the middle ear.
  • A bone problem called slipped capital femoral epiphysis, when the top of the upper leg bone (femur) slips apart. Get medical help right away if your child develops a limp or has hip or knee pain.
  • Worsened scoliosis (caused by rapid growth).
  • Benzyl alcohol toxicity. Benzyl alcohol, a preservative in INCRELEX, can cause serious side effects, including death in infants.

The most common side effects of INCRELEX include: llow blood sugar (hypoglycemia), injection site reactions, allergic reactions and enlarged tonsils.

These are not all the side effects of INCRELEX. Call your child’s doctor if your child has side effects that are bothersome or that do not go away. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is INCRELEX?

INCRELEX is a prescription medicine used to treat children who are very short for their age because their bodies do not make enough insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). This condition is called severe primary IGF-1 deficiency. INCRELEX should not be used instead of growth hormone. It is not known if INCRELEX is safe and effective in children under 2 years of age.

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

Indication

Who should not use INCRELEX®?

Your child should not receive INCRELEX if your child: has any tumors or growths, noncancerous or cancerous; or has a history of cancer or a condition or family history that increases the risk of cancer; is allergic to mecasermin or any of the ingredients in INCRELEX; or has finished growing. Your child should never receive INCRELEX through a vein.

June 24, 2019 Announcement:

IMPORTANT DRUG WARNING

Important new safety information about tumor growth (noncancerous and cancerous). Please see Important Safety Information and updated Prescribing Information.

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