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Agalsidase beta

Generic Name: agalsidase beta (a GAL sih daze BAY tah)
Brand Name: Fabrazyme

Medically reviewed by on Feb 1, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is agalsidase beta?

Agalsidase beta is used in the treatment of Fabry disease (a deficiency of alpha-galactosidase A enzyme).

Agalsidase beta may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

Important Information

Many people have a severe reaction to agalsidase beta. Tell your caregiver if you have a skin rash or hives, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, dizziness, numbness, swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, chest pain, trouble swallowing or breathing, fast or slow heart rate, or severe dizziness.

Before taking this medicine

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • heart problems; or

  • an allergic reaction to agalsidase beta or have antibodies to the medication.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Your name may be listed on a Fabry disease patient registry. This is to track the progress of your disease and to evaluate the treatment effects of agalsidase beta. Taking part in this registry is especially important if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

How should I use agalsidase beta?

Agalsidase beta is given as an infusion into a vein. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.

Agalsidase beta is usually given once every 2 weeks. Follow your doctor's instructions.

You may need frequent medical tests.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your agalsidase beta injection.

What happens if I overdose?

Since this medication is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid while receiving agalsidase beta?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Agalsidase beta side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction:

  • skin rash, hives, flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);

  • trouble swallowing, chest discomfort, difficult breathing, feeling light-headed; or

  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver right away if you have any of these signs of an infusion reaction:

  • fever, headache, chills, stuffy nose, muscle pain, back pain, dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling;

  • pale skin, feeling hot or cold, itching, numbness or tingly feeling, swelling in your hands or feet;

  • nausea, vomiting, tight feeling in your throat, stomach pain, diarrhea;

  • chest pain, fast or slow heart rate, feeling short of breath; or

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out.

Common side effects may include:

  • fever, chills, cough;

  • dizziness;

  • swelling in your hands or feet;

  • numbness or tingling;

  • feeling tired;

  • rash; or

  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Agalsidase beta dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Fabry Disease:

1 mg/kg IV every 2 weeks

-Initial infusion rate should not exceed 0.25 mg/min (15 mg/hr).
-Clinical studies did not include a sufficient number of patients aged 65 years or older to determine if they respond differently than younger patients.

Use: For treatment of patients with Fabry disease

Usual Pediatric Dose for Fabry Disease:

8 years or older: 1 mg/kg IV every 2 weeks

-Initial infusion rate should not exceed 0.25 mg/min (15 mg/hr).

Use: For treatment of patients with Fabry disease

What other drugs will affect agalsidase beta?

Other drugs may affect agalsidase beta, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further information

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.

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