Vitrase Side Effects

Generic Name: hyaluronidase

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug hyaluronidase. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Vitrase.

It is possible that some side effects of Vitrase may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to hyaluronidase: powder for solution, solution

As well as its needed effects, hyaluronidase (the active ingredient contained in Vitrase) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking hyaluronidase, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

Rare
  • Cough
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • hives or welts
  • itching
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • redness of the skin
  • skin rash
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking hyaluronidase, get emergency help immediately:

Symptoms of overdose
  • Blurred vision
  • chills
  • confusion
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • nausea or vomiting
  • redness of the skin
  • sweating
  • swelling
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • unusually warm skin

Some hyaluronidase side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to hyaluronidase: injectable powder for injection, injectable solution

Local

Local reactions are the most common side effects. The most common side effect during hypodermoclysis is edema.[Ref]

Other

Hyaluronidase (the active ingredient contained in Vitrase) increases the side effects of coadministered drugs.[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity reactions have included urticaria and angioedema in less than 0.1% of patients. Anaphylactic-like reactions have rarely been reported after intravenous or retrobulbar injection.[Ref]

One clinic has reported a possible increase in cases of angioedema related to the use of pharmacy-compounded hyaluronidase in cataract surgery as opposed to that seen with the use of manufactured products.[Ref]

Ocular

Ocular side effects have included case reports of hypersensitivity reactions after retrobulbar injections, which manifested as increased intraorbital pressure and swelling, periorbital edema, and localized pruritus.[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Vitrase (hyaluronidase)." Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA.

2. Eberhart AH, Weiler CR, Erie JC "Angioedema related to the use of hyaluronidase in cataract surgery." Am J Ophthalmol 138 (2004): 142-3

3. Minning CA Jr "Hyaluronidase allergy simulating expulsive choroidal hemorrhage." Arch Ophthalmol 112 (1994): 585-6

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