Generic Name: laronidase (lah RAH nih daze)Brand Names: Aldurazyme
Laronidase is used to treat some of the symptoms of a genetic condition called Hurler syndrome. Hurler syndrome is also called mucopolysaccharidosis (MYOO-koe-pol-ee-SAK-a-rye-DOE-sis).
Hurler syndrome is a metabolic disorder in which the body lacks the enzyme needed to break down certain sugars and proteins. These substances can build up in the body, causing enlarged organs, abnormal bone structure, changes in facial features, breathing problems, heart problems, vision or hearing loss, and changes in mental or physical abilities.Laronidase may improve breathing and walking ability in people with this condition. However, this medication is not a cure for Hurler syndrome.
Laronidase may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Your name may need to be listed on a patient registry while you are using this medication. The purpose of this registry is to track the progression of this disorder and the effects that laronidase has on long-term treatment of Hurler syndrome.
Before using laronidase, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs.
Your name may need to be listed on a patient registry while you are using this medication. The purpose of this registry is to track the progression of this disorder and the effects that laronidase has on long-term treatment of Hurler syndrome.FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether laronidase passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Laronidase is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. You will most likely receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting. Laronidase is usually given once per week.The medicine must be given slowly through an IV infusion, and can take up to 4 hours to complete.
Your doctor may also prescribe other medications to help prevent an allergic reaction to laronidase. Take all of your medications as directed.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Contact your doctor if you miss an appointment for your laronidase injection.
Symptoms of a laronidase overdose are not known.
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are receiving laronidase.
Less serious side effects may include:
runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough;
mild skin rash;
numbness or tingling; or
pain, redness, swelling, or other irritation where the medicine was injected.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
There may be other drugs that can interact with laronidase. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.