pegademase - injection, Adagen
GENERIC NAME: PEGADEMASE - INJECTION (peg-ADD-eh-maze)
BRAND NAME(S): Adagen
USES: Pegademase is used to treat a certain rare genetic immune system problem (severe combined immune deficiency disease-SCID). Pegademase replaces a certain natural substance (an enzyme called adenosine deaminase-ADA) that is missing in people with SCID. This medication increases the number of blood cells that prevent and fight infection (lymphocytes) by helping the body get rid of certain substances that kill lymphocytes.This medication does not help immune system problems due to other causes (e.g., AIDS, bone marrow depression).
HOW TO USE: This medication is injected into a muscle by a health care professional, usually once a week or as directed by your doctor.Learn all preparation and usage instructions in the product package. If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Do not mix this medication with any other medication/solution in the same injection.The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment. This medication must be used as scheduled to maintain the proper enzyme level. Your doctor will order frequent blood tests to monitor your response and find the best dose for you. Keep all medical/lab appointments.Your immune system will usually improve slowly, and you should have fewer/less severe infections in 2 to 6 months.
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