Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Aldurazyme
Generic Name: laronidase (Pronunciation: lah RAH nih daze)
What is laronidase (Aldurazyme)?
Laronidase is used to treat some of the symptoms of a genetic condition called Hurler syndrome, also called mucopolysaccharidosis (MYOO-koe-pol-ee-SAK-a-rye-DOE-sis), or MPS I. Forms of MPS I include Hurler syndrome, Hurler-Scheie syndrome, and Scheie syndrome."
MPS I is a metabolic disorder in which the body lacks the enzyme needed to break down certain sugars and proteins. These substances can build up in the body, causing enlarged organs, abnormal bone structure, changes in facial features, breathing problems, heart problems, vision or hearing loss, and changes in mental or physical abilities.
Laronidase may improve breathing and walking ability in people with this condition. However, this medication is not a cure for MPS I.
Laronidase may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of laronidase (Aldurazyme)?
Some people receiving a laronidase have had a reaction to the infusion (when the medicine is injected into the vein). Tell your caregiver right away if you have a headache, skin rash or itching, warmth or tingly feeling, pale skin, or trouble breathing when laronidase is injected.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; wheezing, difficult breathing; slow heartbeats; feeling like you might pass out; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Tell your caregivers at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about laronidase (Aldurazyme)?
You should not use laronidase if you are allergic to it.
Tell your doctor if you have been sick with a fever, head cold, or chest cold. You may need to wait until you get better before receiving your dose of laronidase.
Some people receiving a laronidase have had a reaction to the infusion (when the medicine is injected into the vein). Tell your caregiver right away if you have a headache, skin rash or itching, warmth or tingly feeling, or trouble breathing when laronidase is injected.
Your doctor may also prescribe other medications to help prevent an allergic reaction to laronidase. Take all of your medications as directed.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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