Improves walking ability in people with an enzyme deficiency called mucopolysaccharidosis II (MPS II), or Hunter syndrome.
ElapraseThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:Make sure your doctor knows if you have had an allergic reaction to idursulfase. You may still be able to use this medicine, but your doctor will need to take precautions, such as giving you other medicine first.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein. This medicine is given slowly, so the needle will remain in place for a few hours. You may also receive medicines to help prevent possible allergic reactions to the injection.
- A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease, lung disease or any breathing problems, or an illness with fever.
- Some people who have used this medicine developed serious allergic reactions while receiving the medicine or within 24 hours after you receive it. Seek emergency care right away if you think you are having an allergic reaction. Ask your doctor about this if you have any concerns.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blue color around your fingernails or lips
- Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat
- Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
- Swelling of your face, feet, or lower legs
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild skin rash, itching, or redness
- Muscle or joint pain
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 11/4/2014
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