What is this medicine?
MECASERMIN RINFABATE () is a man-made hormone. It is used to treat children who are short for their age because their bodies do not make enough IGF-1.
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. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Try to use this medicine at about the same time every day. Use it shortly before a meal. If your child cannot or will not eat, then do not give that day's dose. It is important that your child eat well and not skip meals.
Look at the medicine before using it. It should be clear and colorless or a little yellow. Do not use the medicine if it is cloudy or has solid pieces in it.
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 drug may be prescribed for children as young as 3 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
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
changes in vision
hip or knee pain
low blood sugar (ask your doctor or healthcare professional for a list of these symptoms)
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in hair growth or look of the face
lumps under the skin at site where injected
pain or swelling at site where injected
snoring or trouble sleeping
What may interact with this medicine?
medicines for diabetes
medicines for thyroid disease
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, skip that dose. Take the regular dose the next day at the regular time. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
This medicine will be shipped frozen to you or to your doctor's office. It should be kept frozen at all times until you are ready to use it. Store it in your freezer at -20 degrees C or lower (-4 degrees F or colder). Once the medicine thaws, use it within 1 hour. Throw away the vial if it has been thawed for more than 2 hours. Do not use this medicine if it has been in your freezer for more than 2 months.
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 or changes in blood sugar
sleep apnea or loud snoring
an unusual or allergic reaction to mecasermin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or other preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit the doctor for regular check on the child's progress. The doctor may order blood work. Tell the doctor if your child has any unusual effects from this medicine.