Zavesca (Miglustat) – 100mg Capsule
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What is Zavesca
Zavesca is used to treat adults with mild
to moderate type I Gaucher disease. Zavesca is only used in patients who cannot be treated with
enzyme replacement therapy. Zavesca has not been
studied in children under 18 years of age.
Type I Gaucher
disease is an inherited disease that you get from both your parents. People
with Type I Gaucher disease are missing an enzyme
that breaks down a chemical in the body called glucosylceramide.
Too much glucosylceramide causes liver and spleen
enlargement, changes in the blood, and bone disease. Zavesca
may stop glucosylceramide from forming.
Who should not take Zavesca?
Do not take Zavesca if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. The
active ingredient is miglustat.
Special Warnings with Zavesca:
Do not get pregnant while
taking Zavesca. Men and women should use effective
birth control during treatment with Zavesca. Men
should keep using effective birth control for 3 months after treatment with Zavesca stops.
General Precautions with Zavesca:
- Zavesca can cause problems affecting
your nerves (neurologic problems). It may cause
hand tremors (shaky movements), or worsening of a hand tremor that you
- Zavesca may also cause numbness and
tingling in your hands, arms, legs, or feet (peripheral neuropathy).
What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?
Tell your doctor before
- if you are pregnant or planning
to become pregnant, or if your partner can become pregnant. Zavesca may harm your baby. Zavesca
may also harm a man’s sperm.
- if you are breast-feeding.
- about all of your medical
- about all the medicines you take,
including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and other
dietary supplements. Some medicines may affect Zavesca,
and Zavesca may affect other medicines.
What are some possible side effects of Zavesca?
(This is NOT a complete list of side effects
reported with Zavesca. Your health care provider can
discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
Diarrhea is the most common
side effect for people taking Zavesca. You may also
lose weight when you start treatment with Zavesca.
Some of the other side effects of Zavesca
- Stomach pain
- Muscle cramps
- Do not feel like eating
- Vision problems
- Low platelet count
For more detailed information about Zavesca,
ask your health care provider.