Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Gaucher disease type 1, Gaucher disease type 3
Adult: Initially, 60 units/kg once every 2 weeks via infusion over 1-2 hours. Dosage is individualised based on the severity of disease and adjusted according to response.
Child: >2 years Same as adult dose.
Add 5 ml or 10.2 mL of sterile water for inj to the vial labelled as containing 200 mg or 400 mg, respectively, to provide a solution containing 40 units/mL. Further dilute with NaCl 0.9% to a final volume of 100-200 mL.
Special Precautions
Patient with respiratory symptoms in the absence of fever. Children. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. anaphylaxis), antibody IgG formation, pulmonary hypertension/pneumonia.
Cardiac disorders: Tachycardia, dyspnoea.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramp, diarrhoea.
General disorders and administration site conditions: Fatigue, fever.
Immune system disorders: Pruritus, urticaria.
Injury, poisoning and procedural complications: Inj site reactions.
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Arthralgia, backpain, chills.
Nervous system disorders: Dizziness, headache, paraesthesia.
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Coughing.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Rash.
Vascular disorders: Hypotension, flushing, cyanosis.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor CBC, platelets, LFT, IgG antibody formation periodically during the 1st year of treatment; chitotriosidase, ACE, acid phosphatase, Fe, iron-binding capacity, ferritin, vitamin B12; MRI or CT scan of liver and spleen, skeletal x-rays, DXA; pulmonary function tests; ECG; growth in paediatric patients.
Description: Imiglucerase is a recombinant form of β-glucocerebrosidase, an enzyme that catalyses the hydrolysis of glucocerebroside to glucose and ceramide. It used to replace glucocerebrosidase enzyme that is deficient in Gaucher’s disease.
Distribution: Volume of distribution: 0.09-0.15 L/kg.
Excretion: Elimination half-life: 3.6-10.4 minutes.
Store between 2-8°C.
MIMS Class
Other Agents Affecting Metabolism
ATC Classification
A16AB02 - imiglucerase ; Belongs to the class of enzymes. Used in the treatment of alimentary tract and metabolism problems.
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