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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 if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or health care professional for advice. Do not try to make up missed doses or use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • growth hormone
  • medicines for attention deficit disorders like dextroamphetamine or methylphenidate
  • medicines for diabetes
  • medicines for narcolepsy
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.

Dangerously low blood sugar can occur when this medicine is injected and no food is eaten within 20 minutes. Checking and recording your blood glucose is very important when you start this medicine and when your dose is changed. You should avoid participating in any high- risk activities like driving within 2 to 3 hours after a dose until a well- tolerated dose of this medicine has been established.

You should be aware of signs and symptoms of low blood sugar including: dizziness, tiredness, restlessness, hunger, irritability, trouble concentrating, sweating, nausea, or fast or irregular heartbeat. Always have a source a sugar such as orange juice, glucose gel, candy, or milk available in case symptoms of low blood sugar occur. In some cases severely low blood sugar may result in unconsciousness. If a child becomes unresponsive, and can not ingest a sugar source, you may need to administer an injection of glucagon. Make sure you understand how to do this before starting therapy with this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • develop a limp
  • difficulty swallowing
  • ear infection
  • leg, hip or knee pain
  • nausea, vomiting
  • seizures
  • severe headache
  • sleep apnea
  • snoring

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • increase or decrease in fat under the skin near where injected
  • muscle pain
  • pain or swelling at site where injected

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