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Cerliponase Alfa Injection

Generic Name: Cerliponase Alfa Injection (ser LIP oh nase AL fa)
Brand Name: Brineura

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 12, 2019.

Uses of Cerliponase Alfa Injection:

  • It is used to slow the loss of being able to walk around in some children.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Cerliponase Alfa Injection?

  • If your child has an allergy to cerliponase alfa injection or any part of cerliponase alfa injection.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child has an infection in the brain or spine (central nervous system or CNS).
  • If your child has had a shunt placed to lower pressure on the brain.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with cerliponase alfa injection.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take cerliponase alfa injection with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Cerliponase Alfa Injection?

  • Tell all of your child's health care providers that your child is taking cerliponase alfa injection. This includes your child's doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have your child's blood pressure and heart rate checked often. Talk with your child's doctor.
  • Some people have unsafe allergic effects or bad side effects during the infusion or within 24 hours of the infusion. Talk with the doctor.
  • Other drugs may be given before cerliponase alfa injection to help avoid side effects.
  • Tell your child's doctor right away if your child has problems with the device used to give cerliponase alfa injection. This includes leakage, device failure, or bulging of the scalp around or above the device. You will also need to tell your child's doctor right away if your child has signs of an infection (like redness, tenderness, swelling, or discharge) on or around the device.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to your child and the baby.

How is this medicine (Cerliponase Alfa Injection) best taken?

Give cerliponase alfa injection as ordered by your child's doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given into the spinal fluid.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your child's doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child's doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
  • Signs of meningitis like headache with fever, stiff neck, upset stomach, confusion, or if lights bother the eyes.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Fast or slow heartbeat.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Seizures.
  • Feeling irritable.
  • Feeling jittery.
  • Throwing up.

What are some other side effects of Cerliponase Alfa Injection?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child's doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

  • Headache.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child's doctor. Call your child's doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Cerliponase Alfa Injection?

  • If you need to store cerliponase alfa injection at home, talk with your child's doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your child's symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child's doctor.
  • Do not share your child's drug with others and do not give anyone else's drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • Talk with your child's doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about cerliponase alfa injection, please talk with your child's doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about cerliponase alfa injection, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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