Galsulfase is used to treat a certain rare genetic problem (Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome - MLS). Galsulfase replaces a certain natural substance that is missing in people with MLS.
This medication improves how far you can walk and the number of stairs you can climb up. Galsulfase does not correct the genetic problem, and treatment must be continued for life.
If you are using this medication at home, galsulfase will be shipped to your home. A nurse will come to your home to give you the treatment and to monitor you afterward. Do not shake the medication. Galsulfase should be colorless or pale yellow. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use it. Discard any unused prepared medication. Do not save for later use. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
Galsulfase may cause side effects (such as fever, chills, rash, shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, increased blood pressure, headache, chest pain, dizziness, weakness/tiredness, joint pain, flushing, coughing) while it is being given and for a short time after the infusion has stopped. Your doctor may decide to stop or slow down the medication infusion for a while if this happens. Tell your healthcare professional right away if you have any of these symptoms. Your doctor may direct you to take other medications (such as antihistamines, drugs for fever, or corticosteroids such as prednisone) to treat your reaction and before your next treatment(s) to prevent these reactions from happening again.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it on the same day each week.
Tell your doctor if your condition gets worse.
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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: vision/hearing changes, back pain, inability to move arms/legs, inability to control urine/stool, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before using galsulfase, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
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During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Before mixing, store the vial in the refrigerator. Protect from light and freezing.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised November 2016. Copyright(c) 2016 First Databank, Inc.
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