What is Aralast?Aralast is a sterile preparation of purified human alpha1- proteinase inhibitor (also known as alpha antitrypsin). It is used in people who have a congenital deficiency of alpha1-antitrypsin with clinically evident emphysema.
What is the most important information I should know about Aralast?Aralast is made from human plasma and therefore may contain viruses and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease agents.
Who should not take Aralast?You should not take Aralast if you have selective IgA deficiencies as you may experience allergic reactions including anaphylaxis.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Aralast?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Aralast.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The recommended dosage of Aralast is 60mg/kg body weight administered once a week into the veins.
How should I take Aralast?Aralast should be injected into the vein by your nurse or doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Aralast?Avoid missing any doctor's appointments, since this medication needs to be given on a regular schedule.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Aralast?No drug interaction studies have been conducted. Always check with your doctor before taking any medication while you are being treated with Aralast.
What are the possible side effects of Aralast?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: bronchitis, headache, increased cough, pain, sore throat, rash, sinusitis
Signs of severe allergic reactions may include difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of the throat. If any of these events occur, seek immediate medical attention.
Can I receive Aralast if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Aralast is to be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Talk with your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Aralast?Ask your doctor for advice.
How should I store Aralast?Aralast will be stored by your healthcare provider.