galsulfase (generic name)

It is used to treat the symptoms of mucopolysaccharidosis VI (also known as MPS VI or Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome)
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What is this medicine?

GALSULFASE is an enzyme replacement. It is used to treat the symptoms of mucopolysaccharidosis VI (also known as MPS VI or Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome). This medicine is not a cure.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • fever or infection
  • sleep apnea
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to galsulfase, any human or hamster proteins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 5 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • chloroquine
  • gentamicin
  • hydroxychloroquine

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups.

You may take part in a Clinical Surveillance Program to better understand the effects of this medicine. Ask your doctor or other health care professional for more information.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • changes in vision
  • chest pain
  • ear pain, infection
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • fever or chills
  • high blood pressure
  • snoring that disrupts sleep

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

  • aches and pains
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach upset
  • tiredness

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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.

Last Updated: April 29, 2009
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