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April 22, 2015 -- Sam was born Samantha.
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IMIGLUCERASE - INJECTION
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Cerezyme
USES: Imiglucerase is used to treat a certain rare genetic problem (Gaucher disease). Imiglucerase replaces a certain natural substance (an enzyme called glucocerebrosidase) that is missing in people with Gaucher disease.
This medication improves blood, bone, liver, and spleen problems caused by Gaucher disease. Imiglucerase does not correct the genetic problem, and treatment must be continued for life.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given slowly into a vein over 1 to 2 hours or as directed by your doctor. Your dose and how often it is given depends on your weight, condition, and response to treatment. Your doctor may direct you to receive it as often as 3 times per week or as little as once every 2 weeks. Follow your doctor's directions carefully.
If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Blood, liver, and spleen problems usually improve in the first year of treatment. It may take 2 to 3 years of treatment to see the full benefit to your bones.
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