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Velaglucerase Alfa
Specialty Drug

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Velaglucerase alfa is a man-made form of an enzyme that is missing in patients with Gaucher's disease. It is used to treat the symptoms of Gaucher's disease. It is not a cure. Compare enzyme replacement therapies.
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Velaglucerase Alfa Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor for regular checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

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Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Body aches or pain

cough

difficulty with breathing

dizziness

ear congestion

facial swelling

fever or chills

headache

loss of voice

nasal congestion

nausea or vomiting

runny nose

shortness of breath

skin rash

sneezing

sore throat

unusual tiredness or weakness

Less common

Blurred vision

bone pain

confusion

dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position

fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse

nervousness

pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed

pounding in the ears

slow or fast heartbeat

sweating

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Abdominal or stomach pain

back pain

joint pain

lack or loss of strength

Less common

Feeling of warmth

hives or welts

itching

redness of the skin

redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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