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Zavesca is a medicine used to treat Gaucher disease (a condition in which a certain fatty substance is not broken down normally in the body).
How does this medication work?
Zavesca works by reducing the buildup of fatty substances, thereby improving your condition.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: In studies, Zavesca has been shown to provide important benefits (such as reducing swelling of certain organs) for people with Gaucher disease.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Zavesca exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to check how well this medication is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Common side effects may include: diarrhea, weight loss, stomach pain, gas, nausea, vomiting, headache, shaking, leg cramps, dizziness, weakness, vision problems, low platelet (a type of blood cell that forms clots to help stop bleeding) counts, muscle cramps, back pain, constipation, dry mouth, heaviness in arms and legs, memory loss, unsteady walking, loss of appetite, indigestion, tingling or numbness of your hands or feet, stomach bloating, stomach pain not related to food, menstrual changes.
Do not take Zavesca if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Zavesca. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is one 100-milligram capsule three times a day.
Your healthcare provider may adjust your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
If you have kidney impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.
Take Zavesca exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking it without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Zavesca at regular intervals.
Do not eat foods high in carbohydrates if you are experiencing diarrhea with treatment. Discuss with your healthcare provider about your diet if you experience diarrhea.
No significant interactions have been reported with Zavesca at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of Zavesca during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Zavesca. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Zavesca, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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