What is this medicine?
ALGLUCERASE (al GLOO ser ace) is a drug that is used to replace an enzyme that is missing in patients with Gaucher's disease. It is used to treat the symptoms of Gaucher's disease. It is not a cure.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- an unusual or allergic reaction to alglucerase, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?
It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor for regular checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
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
- blue fingernails or lips
- breathing problems
- chest pain
- low blood pressure
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- fever, chills
- nausea, vomiting
- pain at site where injected
- stomach upset
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children,
never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.