miglustat (generic name)

Zavesca (brand name)

It is used to treat type 1 Gaucher disease
(MIG loo stat)
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What is this medicine?

MIGLUSTAT (MIG loo stat) helps to keep normal blood levels of an enzyme needed to breakdown fat in the body. It is used to treat type 1 Gaucher disease.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • burning, numbness, tingling sensation
  • kidney disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to miglustat, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • imiglucerase

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

See your doctor for regular check ups. You may need lab work done while you are taking this medicine.

Talk to your doctor about which medicines to try if you have diarrhea while taking this medicine.

Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional for more information.

Men should not plan to father a child while taking this medicine and for 3 months after stopping this medicine. Use effective contraception methods during this time. Talk to your 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:
  • burning, numbness, tingling feeling
  • changes in menstrual cycle
  • changes in vision
  • tremor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

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

  • diarrhea
  • dizzy
  • headache
  • loss in appetite
  • lower sperm count
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach upset, gas
  • weight loss

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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: July 07, 2009
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