What Elelyso is used for and how to use it
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Elelyso - Consumer Medicine Information

Manufacture: Pfizer Inc.
Country: Canada
Condition: Gaucher Disease
Class: Lysosomal enzymes
Form: Liquid solution, Intravenous (IV), Powder
Ingredients: taliglucerase alfa, citric acid anhydrous, mannitol, polysorbate 80, sodium citrate

Taliglucerase alfa

About This Medication

What the Medication is Used For

ELELYSO is an enzyme replacement therapy for pediatric and adult patients with Gaucher disease.

What It Does

Gaucher disease is a genetic disorder caused by a missing or defective enzyme name glucocerebrosidase. When this enzyme is missing or does not work properly, a substance called glucocerebroside builds up inside cells in the body. The build-up of this substance causes the signs and symptoms found in Gaucher disease.

Signs of the disease are one or more of the following:

  • Spleen or liver enlargement
  • A low number of red blood cells (anaemia)
  • A tendency to bleed easily caused by a low blood platelet count
  • Bone disease

When It Should not be Used

Do not use ELELYSO if you are allergic to taliglucerase alfa or to any ingredient in the formulation or component of the container.

What the Medicinal Ingredient Is

Taliglucerase alfa

What the Important Nonmedicinal Ingredients Are

Citric acid anhydrous, Mannitol, Polysorbate 80, Sodium citrate.

What Dosage Forms It Comes In

ELELYSO 200 units is presented as a powder for solution for infusion. ELELYSO is supplied in a 13.5mL vial.

Warnings and Precautions

BEFORE you use ELELYSO talk to your doctor or pharmacist if:

  • You have previously experienced an adverse reaction related to the infusion or allergic reaction with another enzyme replacement therapy for Gaucher disease
  • You have allergies to this drug or its ingredients or components of the container; or if you are allergic to carrots
  • You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding

Interactions With This Medication

No interaction studies have been performed. Please inform your doctor if you are using any other medicinal products.

Proper Use of This Medication

Usual Dose

Dosage is individualized for each patient. ELELYSO is only used under the supervision of a health care professional. If you are tolerating your infusions well in the clinic, your doctor may suggest that the infusion be administered at home by a health care professional.

The initial doses of ELELYSO range from 30 units/kg to 60 units/kg of body weight.

ELELYSO is given once every two weeks.

Overdose

There is no experience with overdose of taliglucerase alfa with doses up to 65 units/kg.

In case of drug overdose, contact a health care practitioner, hospital emergency department or regional Poison Control Centre immediately, even if there are no symptoms.

Missed Dose

If you have missed an ELELYSO infusion, please contact your doctor.

Side Effects and What to Do About Them

Like all medicines, ELELYSO can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Most side effects are mild to moderate and generally are associated with the infusion however side effects may be serious and may need treatment.

Very common side effect (more than 1 in 10 people) is:

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain in extremity, Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

Common side effects (up to 1 in 10 people) are:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Dizziness
  • Flushing
  • Throat irritation
  • Nausea
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Rash
  • Bone pain
  • Back pain
  • Infusion related reaction
  • Infusion site pain
  • Swelling
  • Weight increase

    If you experience any of these symptoms, please tell your doctor immediately.

The most serious adverse reactions seen were allergic reactions. If you have an allergic reaction following administration of ELELYSO, contact your doctor immediately. If a severe allergic reaction occurs, immediately discontinue ELELYSO. If you experience an allergic reaction your doctor or nurse may continue treatment by slowing the infusion rate and/or giving you medicines such as antihistamines, antipyretics or corticosteroids. Pretreatment with antihistamines and/or corticosteroids may prevent subsequent reactions.

How to Store It

Keep out of reach and sight of children.

Unopened vial: store under refrigeration (2℃-8℃). Keep the vial in the outer carton in order to protect from light. Do not use after the expiry date printed on the label.

Reporting Suspected Side Effects

You can report any suspected adverse reactions associated with the use of health products to the Canada Vigilance Program by one of the following 3 ways:

  • Report online at www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect
  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
  • Complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and:
    • Fax toll-free to 1-866-678-6789, or
    • Mail to: Canada Vigilance Program
      Health Canada
      Postal Locator 0701E
      Ottawa, Ontario
      K1A 0K9

    Postage paid labels, Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and the adverse reaction reporting guidelines are available on the MedEffect Canada Web site at www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect.

NOTE: Should you require information related to the management of side effects, contact your health professional. The Canada Vigilance Program does not provide medical advice.

More Information

This document plus the full product monograph, prepared for health professionals can be found at:

http://www.pfizer.ca or by contacting the sponsor, Pfizer Canada Inc., at: 1-800-463-6001