Daily Life with Cerezyme

If you have Type 1 Gaucher disease, taking care of your overall health is especially important. Coping with Type 1 Gaucher symptoms like fatigue, pain, and changes in physical appearance may seem overwhelming at times. But, in addition to sticking with Cerezyme treatment, there are some simple steps you can take to help manage your symptoms. Maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding smoking, getting enough rest, and being as physically active as possible can help give you needed stamina and help minimize the impact Type 1 Gaucher disease has on your daily life. When your overall health is good, you may find that any Gaucher symptoms you have are easier to handle.

The information in this section is meant to help give you pointers on lifestyle changes that may be appropriate for you.

Talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program or changing your diet. Your doctor can help you develop a plan that meets your unique needs.

Indication & Usage

Cerezyme® (imiglucerase for injection) is indicated for long-term enzyme replacement therapy for pediatric and adult patients with a confirmed diagnosis of Type 1 Gaucher disease that results in one or more of the following conditions:

  1. anemia (low red blood cell count)
  2. thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count)
  3. bone disease
  4. hepatomegaly or splenomegaly (enlarged liver or spleen)

Important Safety Information

Approximately 15% of patients have developed immune responses (antibodies) to Cerezyme during the first year of therapy. These patients have a higher risk of an allergic reaction (hypersensitivity). Your doctor may periodically test for the presence of antibodies. Serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) have been reported in less than 1% of patients. Symptoms suggestive of allergic reaction happened in approximately 7% of patients, and include itching, flushing, hives, swelling, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing, cyanosis (a bluish discoloration of the skin due to diminished oxygen), and low blood pressure. If you have had an allergic reaction to Cerezyme, you and your doctor should use caution if you continue to receive treatment with Cerezyme.

High blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs (pulmonary hypertension) and pneumonia have been observed in less than 1% of patients during treatment with Cerezyme. These are also known complications of Gaucher disease regardless of treatment. If you experience symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain, with or without fever, contact your doctor.

Approximately 14% of patients have experienced side effects related to treatment with Cerezyme. Some of these reactions occur at the site of injection such as discomfort, itching, burning, swelling or uninfected abscess. Other side effects, each of which was reported by less than 2% of patients, include nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, fatigue, headache, fever, dizziness, chills, backache, and rapid heart rate. Temporary swelling in the legs has also been observed with drugs like Cerezyme.

Please see Full Prescribing Information (PDF).

Cerezyme has been demonstrated for over 17 years to be an effective treatment for Type 1 Gaucher disease in adults and children.