HEALTH GUIDE REFERENCE FROM A.D.A.M
Alglucosidase Alfa (al-gloo-KOSE-i-dase AL-fa)
Treats Pompe disease (deficiency in the enzyme acid alpha-glucosidase).
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to alglucosidase alfa.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
- Your doctor may have your name placed on a patient registry list. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
If a dose is missed:
- Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have recently been sick.
- A small number of people who have used this medicine developed serious allergic reactions. Most of the cases include heart, lung, and/or skin problems. Serious heart problems have also occurred in patients while receiving general anesthesia for catheter placement prior to receiving this medicine.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Chest pain, trouble breathing.
- Ear pain or discharge, trouble hearing.
- Fast or slow heartbeat.
- Fever, chills, runny nose, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Shortness of breath, cold sweat, and bluish-colored skin.
- Swelling on the face or around your eyes.
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Agitation, irritability, restlessness.
- Increased sweating or tearing.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, or stomach pain.
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed.
- Pale skin, or skin rash or itchiness.
- Sores or white patches on your lips, mouth, tongue, or throat.
- Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest.
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