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Drug

Galsulfase

Pronounced

"gal-SUL-fase"

Uses

Galsulfase is used to treat a certain rare genetic problem (Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome - MLS). Galsulfase replaces a certain natural substance that is missing in people with MLS.

This medication improves how far you can walk and the number of stairs you can climb up. Galsulfase does not correct the genetic problem, and treatment must be continued for life.

How to Use This Medication

This medication is given slowly into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually over 4 hours once a week. The dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.

If you are using this medication at home, galsulfase will be shipped to your home. A nurse will come to your home to give you the treatment and to monitor you afterward. Do not shake the medication. Galsulfase should be colorless or pale yellow. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use it. Discard any unused prepared medication. Do not save for later use. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

Galsulfase may cause side effects (such as fever, chills, rash, shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, increased blood pressure, headache, chest pain, dizziness, weakness/tiredness, joint pain, flushing, coughing) while it is being given and for a short time after the infusion has stopped. Your doctor may decide to stop or slow down the medication infusion for a while if this happens. Tell your healthcare professional right away if you have any of these symptoms. Your doctor may direct you to take other medications (such as antihistamines, drugs for fever, or corticosteroids such as prednisone) to treat your reaction and before your next treatment(s) to prevent these reactions from happening again.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it on the same day each week.

Tell your doctor if your condition gets worse.

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