Myozyme

Generic Name: Alglucosidase Alfa

  • What is Myozyme?

    Myozyme is used to treat Pompe disease, a genetic disorder that affects the muscles used for breathing and general motion, causing weakness.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Myozyme?

    Treatment with Myozyme may result in a severe allergic reaction, such as anaphylactic shock.

    People with underlying heart or respiratory dysfunction may be at risk of worsening their condition when receiving Myozyme treatment.

  • Who should not take Myozyme?

    Do not use Myozyme if you have a known allergy to it.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Myozyme?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Myozyme. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have or have had problems with your heart or lungs.

  • 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 Myozyme is 20 milligrams (mg) per 2.2 pounds of body weight, every 2 weeks as an intravenous (IV) infusion. The total volume is determined by body weight and should be given over approximately 4 hours.

  • How should I take Myozyme?

    Your doctor will administer Myozyme to you through an IV line.

  • What should I avoid while taking Myozyme?

    There are currently no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while using Myozyme unless your doctor has instructed otherwise.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Myozyme?

    No significant interactions have been reported. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Myozyme?

    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: cough, ear infection, fever, pneumonia, rash, stomach problems, upper respiratory tract infection, vomiting

  • Can I receive Myozyme if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    You should not use Myozyme during pregnancy unless your doctor instructs you to and is aware that you are pregnant. It is unknown whether Myozyme is found in breast milk. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Myozyme?

    Notify your doctor if you miss your regularly scheduled dose of Myozyme.

  • How should I store Myozyme?

    Your healthcare provider will store Myozyme in the refrigerator.

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