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Generic Name: alglucerase (al-GLOO-ser-ase)
Brand Name: Ceredase
Alglucerase is used for:
Treating type I Gaucher disease, an inherited metabolic disorder caused by lack of an enzyme in the body called glucocerebrosidase.
Alglucerase is an enzyme. It works by replacing a missing enzyme, which reduces liver and spleen size and improves blood counts.
Do NOT use alglucerase if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in alglucerase
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using alglucerase:
Some medical conditions may interact with alglucerase. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have prostate cancer
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with alglucerase. However, no specific interactions with alglucerase are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if alglucerase may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use alglucerase:
Use alglucerase as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Alglucerase is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using alglucerase at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use alglucerase. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- Do not shake alglucerase.
- Do not use alglucerase if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
- If you miss a dose of alglucerase, contact your doctor immediately.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use alglucerase.
Important safety information:
- Use alglucerase with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Several months may pass before alglucerase reaches its full effect. Continue to use alglucerase during this time.
- Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, and blood counts, may be performed while you use alglucerase. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use alglucerase with caution in male CHILDREN younger than 10 years old; it may cause early puberty.
- Alglucerase should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using alglucerase while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use alglucerase, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of alglucerase:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Chills; nausea; stomach discomfort.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fever; pain, burning, or swelling at the injection site; vomiting.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of alglucerase:
Store alglucerase in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep alglucerase out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about alglucerase, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Alglucerase is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take alglucerase or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about alglucerase. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to alglucerase. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using alglucerase.