Known interactions

No interactions found.

How to use Imiglucerase

Brand Name(s): Cerezyme

Generic Name Imiglucerase

What is imiglucerase injection?

IMIGLUCERASE (Cerezyme®) replaces a naturally occuring enzyme that is missing in patients with Gaucher's disease. This enzyme helps with fat breakdown in the body. It helps keep blood contents at normal levels, and it may help prevent your liver or spleen from getting big. Generic imiglucerase injections are not yet available.

What should my health care professional know before I receive imiglucerase?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • high pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs (known as pulmonary hypertension)
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to imiglucerase, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or are trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Imiglucerase is for infusion into a vein. It is given in a hospital or health clinic setting by a trained health-care professional. Most people receive their medication at least once every 2 weeks. However, the dose for each person is adjusted just for them.

What if I miss a dose?

Try not to miss an appointment. Call your prescriber or health care professional for advice if you miss a dose.

What drug(s) may interact with imiglucerase?

There are no known interactions between imiglucerase and other medicines.

What side effects may I notice from receiving imiglucerase?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

During the infusion, let your prescriber know if any of the following occur:

  • discomfort in the chest
  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • itching or skin rash
  • feeling of dizziness or faintness
  • palpitations or racing heartbeat

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • backache
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • fever or chills
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach discomfort
  • swelling, pain or itching at the injection site
  • tired feeling

What should I watch for while taking imiglucerase?

Tell your prescriber or health care professional if imiglucerase does not improve your symptoms or if it makes your symptoms worse.

Where can I keep my medicine?

This medication is stored in the refrigerator, but since someone will give it to you, you will not have to store your doses at home.

(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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