Managing Your Health

Chronic illnesses such as Pompe disease pose many challenges, but there are ways to manage your Pompe disase and gain some control. Lumizyme® (alglucosidase alfa) treatment is likely to be only one aspect of your healthcare program. There are lifestyle changes you can make, and new strategies and approaches to your daily routine, such as adapting your home or workplace to better fit your needs. Your doctor may also recommend changes to your diet or exercise and activity levels to assist in your overall care.

Lumizyme patient

It can be frustrating not to be able to participate in certain activities or to have to modify your lifestyle. A positive attitude, creative problem-solving skills, and the support of others may help with meeting new challenges. Good communication with your doctor and other healthcare providers can also help you become an active participant in managing your health.

Supportive Care

Because Pompe disease can affect many parts of the body, optimal disease management includes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to evaluating, addressing, and monitoring the course of the disease. You will likely be treated by a team of specialists to determine appropriate supportive care for your particular symptoms and needs.

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INDICATION

LUMIZYME® (alglucosidase alfa) is an enzyme replacement therapy for patients with Pompe disease (acid α-glucosidase (GAA) deficiency).

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

If you or your child is taking Lumizyme, you should know that severe and potentially life-threatening allergic-type reactions known as anaphylaxis or severe hypersensitivity reactions, and other severe reactions related to the immune system may occur during and after Lumizyme treatment. Reactions may include, for example, kidney dysfunction, extreme difficulty breathing, shallow breathing, abnormal heart rate, low blood pressure, or throat tightness (including face, tongue and lip swelling) and skin lesions.

If you or your child has previously experienced these severe reactions, from any cause, you may require close observation during and after Lumizyme administration. You should discuss with your physician the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions. Anaphylaxis or severe hypersensitivity reactions are potentially very dangerous. If such a reaction is severe enough, your doctor may decide to immediately discontinue the infusion and provide you with immediate medical care. Appropriate medical support measures, including those that may be used to restart the heart or breathing, may be administered when you are being infused with Lumizyme. Should treatment be discontinued, your physician may discuss restarting therapy. You may require close observation during infusions with Lumizyme administration following a severe hypersensitivity reaction.

If you or your child has an illness (i.e. a chronic breathing condition) or has compromised heart function, there may be risk of acute heart and or lung failure, and your doctor may decide that close observation during and after Lumizyme administration may be necessary.

You or your child may be monitored for the development of systemic immune-mediated reactions while receiving Lumizyme. If these reactions occur, your doctor may discontinue the infusion and initiate appropriate medical treatment.

WARNING AND PRECAUTIONS

Anaphylaxis and Hypersensitivity Reactions: Life-threatening anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions have been observed in some patients during and after treatment with alglucosidase alfa. If such a reaction is severe enough, your doctor may decide to immediately discontinue the infusion and provide you with immediate medical care.

Immune-Mediated Reactions: If you or your child has an illness (i.e. a chronic breathing condition) or has compromised heart function, there may be risk of acute heart and or lung failure, and your doctor may decide that close observation during and after Lumizyme administration may be necessary.

Risk of Acute Cardiorespiratory Failure: Infant Pompe patients with heart or breathing problems may be at risk for increasing the seriousness of these problems as a result of Lumizyme administration, and your child’s doctor may require additional monitoring for these infants.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most frequently reported adverse reactions during Lumizyme studies in patients were allergy reactions and included: anaphylaxis, rash, fever, flushing/feeling hot, hives, headache, excessive sweating, nausea, cough, less oxygen in the blood, fast heart rate, rapid breathing, chest discomfort, dizziness, muscle twitching, agitation, bluish or purple skin, redness of skin, high blood pressure/increased blood pressure, facial paleness, chills, tremor, vomiting, fatigue, and muscle pain.

SPECIAL POPULATIONS

If you are pregnant, you should use Lumizyme only if your doctor has determined that its use outweighs any risks to your unborn child.

To report suspected adverse reactions, contact Genzyme at 1-800-745-4447 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Please see the full prescribing information for complete details, including boxed warning.