Imiglucerase - intravenous

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Imiglucerase is used as an enzyme replacement therapy to treat type 1 or type 3 Gaucher disease (an inherited disorder where the body has insufficient enzymes necessary to break down certain fatty substances) in individuals who show signs of the disease such as anaemia (lower than normal red blood cell count), thrombocytopenia (lower than normal platelet count), spleen or liver enlargement or bone disease.
How do I use this medicine?
Imiglucerase is to be given intravenously (into the vein) as an infusion. It is delivered directly into the bloodstream via the blood vessel.

Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you. If you or your caregiver had been given the proper training on the preparation and injection techniques of this medicine, you or your caregiver may do the administration.

Use Imiglucerase exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

The dose of Imiglucerase will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the course of your treatment depending on your condition, the effectiveness of the therapy, and your response to the medication.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any doses. Your doctor also needs to regularly monitor your response to Imiglucerase.

If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.

If you or a caregiver had been trained to administer this medicine and missed a dose, inform your doctor immediately. Your doctor will advise you when you should schedule your next dose.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use Imiglucerase if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to this medicine or any of its ingredients.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • allergic reaction to a similar type of medicine known as alglucerase
  • undergone a surgical procedure to remove your spleen
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects.

Why is it important to keep my appointments with the doctor?

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
  • Routine tests (e.g. liver and lung function, complete blood counts) may be done while you are being treated with Imiglucerase. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
  • Regular monitoring for signs of allergic reactions may also be needed.
What side effects could I experience?
Imiglucerase may cause any of the following side effects: headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, tiredness, chills, cough, back or joint pain, itching, and burning sensation, swelling, or discomfort at the site of infusion.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • signs and symptoms of allergic reactions e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swelling of the face, eyes or mouth
  • signs and symptoms of serious infusion-associated reactions e.g. flushing, shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, bluish lips and skin, numbness or tingling sensation in the hands and feet
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements, and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store unopened vials in the refrigerator, between 2-8°C.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
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