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Mecasermin Side Effects

Clinical studies have shown that a majority of those who use mecasermin tolerate the medication fairly well. However, some of the most commonly reported side effects of mecasermin include headaches, dizziness, and ear pain. There are also some reactions with this medicine that can lead to potentially dangerous problems, such as low blood sugar levels, seizures, or enlarged tonsils.

 

An Introduction to Side Effects of Mecasermin

As with any medicine, mecasermin (Increlex®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your child's healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with mecasermin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Serious Mecasermin Side Effects

Some mecasermin side effects are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your child's healthcare provider. These serious side effects include:
 
  • Signs of low blood sugar, such as:
    • Sweating
    • Hunger
    • Shakiness
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea
    • Tiredness or weakness
    • Restlessness
    • Irritability
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Confusion
    • A fast or irregular heartbeat
 
  • Signs of enlarged tonsils, such as:
    • Snoring
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
    • Brief periods of not breathing while sleeping (sleep apnea)
    • Fluid in the middle ear, which could cause problems with hearing
 
  • Headaches with nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in vision
  • Hip or knee pain
  • Limping
  • Ear pain or discharge
  • Thickening of the skin on the face
  • Severe or persistent reactions or skin changes at the injection site
  • Seizures
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • Rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the face, mouth, or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
 
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