• Pituitary disorders

Increlex Generic Name & Formulations

General Description

Mecasermin 10mg/mL; soln for SC inj; contains benzyl alcohol.

Pharmacological Class

Recombinant human insulin-like growth factor-1 (rhIGF-1).

How Supplied

Multidose vial (40mg/vial)—1

Generic Availability


Increlex Indications


Growth failure in children with severe primary IGF-1 deficiency (Primary IGFD) or in those with growth hormone (GH) gene deletion who have developed neutralizing antibodies to GH.

Limitations of Use

Not a substitute to GH for approved GH indications.

Increlex Dosage and Administration


Closed epiphyses: not recommended.


Administer before or after (+/–20 minutes) a meal/snack; rotate inj sites (upper arm, thigh, buttock or abdomen). <2yrs: not established. Individualized. ≥2yrs: initially 0.04 to 0.08mg/kg SC twice daily; may increase after 1 week by 0.04mg/kg per dose; max 0.12mg/kg twice daily.

Increlex Contraindications


Growth promotion in patients with closed epiphyses. Malignant neoplasia or history of malignancy. IV administration.

Increlex Boxed Warnings

Not Applicable

Increlex Warnings/Precautions


Not for secondary forms of IGF-1 deficiency. Correct thyroid and nutritional deficiences before treatment. Measure preprandial glucose level before treatment and monitor until a tolerated dose is established. Reduce dose if hypoglycemia occurs despite adequate food intake with therapy. Monitor for lymphoid tissue hypertrophy complications. Monitor for malignant neoplasms; discontinue if develops. Do funduscopic exam for intracranial hypertension at the start of therapy, then periodically. Evaluate any child with onset of limp or hip/knee pain for possible slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Monitor for progression of scoliosis. Infants: avoid. Pregnancy. Nursing mothers.

Increlex Pharmacokinetics

See Literature

Increlex Interactions

Increlex Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions

Hypoglycemia, local/systemic hypersensitivity (including anaphylaxis), lymphoid tissue hypertrophy (eg, tonsillar and adenoidal hypertrophy); intracranial hypertension.

Increlex Clinical Trials

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Increlex Note

Not Applicable

Increlex Patient Counseling

See Literature