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Kanuma

Generic Name: sebelipase alfa (SE be LYE pase AL fa)
Brand Name: Kanuma

Medically reviewed on June 24, 2016

What is Kanuma?

Kanuma is a copy of an enzyme that is normally produced in the body to help break down fats and keep them from building up in your cells.

Kanuma is used to treat lysosomal acid lipase deficiency. This is a life-threatening genetic disorder that can damage major organs in the body and lead to early death. This medicine replaces the missing enzyme when the body does not have enough of its own.

Kanuma may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not be treated with Kanuma if you are allergic to it.

To make sure Kanuma is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • an allergy to eggs or egg products.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether Kanuma passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Kanuma is not approved for use by anyone younger than 1 month old.

How is sebelipase alfa given?

Kanuma is injected into a vein through an IV. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.

Kanuma is usually given once every other week. The IV infusion must be given slowly and can take 1 to 2 hours to complete.

You will be watched closely during and after receiving Kanuma, to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction to the medication.

Tell your doctor if you have any changes in weight. Kanuma doses are based on weight (especially in children), and any changes may affect the dose.

What happens if I miss a dose?

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

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while receiving Kanuma?

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

Kanuma side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel itchy, flushed, chilled or feverish, or if you have a runny nose, eye irritation, diarrhea, chest discomfort, or trouble breathing.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe skin rash, itching, or swelling;

  • agitation, irritability;

  • stomach pain; or

  • low red blood cells (anemia)--pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating.

Common side effects may include:

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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Kanuma?

Other drugs may interact with sebelipase alfa, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now 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.

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