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Voraxaze Side Effects

Generic Name: glucarpidase

Note: This document contains side effect information about glucarpidase. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Voraxaze.

For the Consumer

Applies to glucarpidase: intravenous powder for solution

Along with its needed effects, glucarpidase (the active ingredient contained in Voraxaze) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking glucarpidase:

Less Common

  • Blurred vision
  • confusion
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • sweating
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Rare

  • Cough
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fever
  • headache
  • hives
  • hoarseness
  • irritation
  • itching
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rash
  • redness of the skin
  • shortness of breath
  • slow or fast heartbeat
  • swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
  • tightness in the chest
  • troubled breathing or swallowing
  • wheezing

Some side effects of glucarpidase may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less Common

  • Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • feeling of warmth
  • nausea
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • vomiting

Rare

  • Diarrhea
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • sore throat
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to glucarpidase: intravenous powder for injection

General

The most common side effects reported were paresthesia, flushing, nausea and/or vomiting, hypotension, and headache.[Ref]

Immunologic

Very common (10% or more): Anti-glucarpidase (the active ingredient contained in Voraxaze) antibodies (21%)[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity (including anaphylactic reactions)[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Flushing, hypotension

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypertension[Ref]

Dermatologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, vomiting

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Diarrhea[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Paresthesia, headache, burning sensation

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Tremor[Ref]

Ocular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Blurred vision[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Feeling hot[Ref]

Respiratory

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Throat irritation, throat tightness[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Voraxaze (glucarpidase)." BTG International Inc, West Conshohocken, PA.

Further information

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

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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