What is eliglustat used for?
- Eliglustat is used to treat Gaucher's disease.
Before taking eliglustat, tell your doctor:
- If you are allergic to eliglustat; any part of this medicine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have heart problems, like heart block, heart failure, long QT syndrome, or slow heartbeat.
- If you have had a recent heart attack.
- If you have any of these health problems: Kidney disease or liver disease.
- If you are taking any drugs used for a heartbeat that is not normal.
- If you take any drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) that must not be taken with eliglustat, like certain drugs that are used for seizures, fungal infections, or rifampin. There are many drugs that must not be taken with eliglustat.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with eliglustat.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take eliglustat with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take eliglustat?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take eliglustat. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- You may need to have your genes tested before starting eliglustat. Talk with your doctor.
- Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using eliglustat while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is eliglustat best taken?
Use eliglustat as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, open, or dissolve.
- Take with or without food.
- Take with a full glass of water.
- Keep taking eliglustat as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are the side effects of eliglustat that I need to call my doctor about immediately?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- A fast heartbeat or passing out.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Very bad headache.
What are some other side effects of eliglustat?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Belly pain.
- Upset stomach.
- Back pain.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Joint pain.
- Mouth pain.
- Throat pain.
- Pain in arms or legs.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If overdose is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out eliglustat?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use and disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time eliglustat is refilled. If you have any questions about eliglustat, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take eliglustat or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to eliglustat. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.