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(glucarpidase) for Injection, for Intravenous Use
VORAXAZE (glucarpidase) is a carboxypeptidase produced by recombinant DNA technology in genetically modified Escherichia coli. Glucarpidase is a 390-amino acid homodimer protein with a molecular weight of 83 kDa. Each potency Unit corresponds to the enzymatic cleavage of 1 μmol/L of methotrexate per minute at 37°C.
VORAXAZE is supplied as a sterile, preservative-free, white lyophilized powder in single-use vials. Each vial contains 1,000 Units of glucarpidase, lactose monohydrate (10 mg), Tris-HCl (0.6 mg) and zinc acetate dihydrate (0.002 mg).
What are the possible side effects of glucarpidase (Voraxaze)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Some people receiving a glucarpidase injection have had a reaction to the infusion (when the medicine is injected into the vein). Tell your caregiver right away if you have:
- severe dizziness or weakness;
- severe nausea, feeling like you might pass out;
- cold sweat, itching, numbness or tingly feeling;
- sudden headache;
- fast heartbeats, chest tightness; or
Last reviewed on RxList: 4/15/2013
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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