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Medications

Galsulfase injection

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.

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 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

What may interact with this medicine?

  • chloroquine

  • gentamicin

  • hydroxychloroquine

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.

Where should I keep my medicine?

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

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

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.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2018 Elsevier