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Generic: mecasermin
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It is used to increase growth in children who are short for their age
               



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What is this medicine?

MECASERMIN is a man- made growth factor. It is used to increase growth in children who are short for their age. It is only for children whose bodies do not make enough growth factor.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • any type of cancer
  • diabetes
  • liver disease
  • sleep apnea or loud snoring
  • scoliosis
  • underactive or overactive thyroid
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to mecasermin, benzyl alcohol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or other preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection under the skin. You will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. The doses should be given about 20 minutes before or after a snack or a meal. Skip the dose if you can not eat for any reason. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. It is important to follow the directions given to you by your health care professional or doctor.

Always check the appearance of your medication before using it. It should be clear and colorless like water. Do not use this medicine if it is cloudy, thickened, colored, or has solid particles in it. Do not use any medicine that has been frozen or has been open for more than 30 days.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 3 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

               
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