Fabrazyme Infusion Therapy

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Fabrazyme is a biologic therapy that is indicated to treat:

  • Adult and pediatric patients 2 years of age and older with confirmed Fabry disease

What is Fabrazyme?

What Is Fabrazyme? 

Fabrazyme (agalsidase beta) is a prescription biologic medication administered for patients in all IVX Health centers via IV infusion. 

How Fabrazyme Works  

Fabrazyme is an enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) that supplies the body with the enzyme that is missing or deficient in patients with Fabry disease. This missing or deficient enzyme typically clears GL-3 buildup in cells. For people with Fabry disease taking Fabrazyme, the therapy replaces these enzymes in order to clear GL-3 buildup. 

Fabrazyme Infusion Dosage & Administration

Fabrazyme Infusion Dosage and Administration  

Patients receive agalsidase beta intravenously. Treatment time for a Fabrazyme infusion at a medical clinic like IVX Health usually lasts between two to three hours. 

Dosage and Frequency  

Before receiving their first intravenous infusion of agalsidase beta, the ordering physician determines the patient’s dose. This dose depends on the patient’s weight as well as the severity of the condition for which he or she is receiving treatment. 

Fabrazyme infusions are usually administered every two weeks. 

Administering Fabrazyme via IV Infusion  

  1. The nurse prepares the patient’s arm by using rubbing alcohol to sterilize the location that is being used to insert the IV needle. 
  2. Following needle insertion, the IV line is held in place with tape. 
  3. The nurse attaches the patient’s IV line to the line coming down from the bag of medication. 

Every half-an-hour, the patient’s nurse takes his or her vitals. 

Fabrazyme Side Effects

Fabrazyme Infusion Side Effects  

As with all medications, side effects are possible.  

Common side effects include: 

  • Upper respiratory tract infection 
  • Chills 
  • Fever 
  • Headache 
  • Cough 
  • Burning and/or tingling sensation 
  • Fatigue 
  • Swelling in the legs 
  • Dizziness 
  • Rash  
  • Allergic reactions  

While receiving Fabrazyme, or following a treatment, symptoms can be addressed with the appropriate medication (such as acetaminophen, steroids, antihistamines, or epinephrine). 

Preparing for Your Fabrazyme Infusion

Follow these steps to prepare for your Fabrazyme Infusion:

Consult Your Healthcare Provider

  • Medical History Review: Ensure your healthcare provider has a complete and up-to-date medical history, including any allergies, current medications, and past reactions to Infusion.
  • Pre-Infusion Testing: Complete any required blood tests or other pre-Infusion tests as recommended by your healthcare provider.

Pre-Infusion Medications

  • Prescription Pre-Medications: Your Fabrazyme Infusion may require pre-medications to reduce the risk of a reaction or adverse event. Your referring provider will include any pre-medications when sending in your prescription order.
  • Instructions: Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions regarding these medications, including the timing and dosage. Take these medications about 30-60 minutes before the Infusion as directed.

Hydration and Nutrition

  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your Infusion to ensure you are well-hydrated.
  • Eat Light: Have a light meal before your Infusion to help maintain your energy levels during the procedure.

Prepare for Comfort

  • Clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing with easy access to your arms for the Infusion site.
  • Entertainment: Bring something to keep you occupied, such as a book, tablet, or music, as your treatment or observation period may take several hours.

Plan for Transportation

  • Arrange a Ride: Depending on the medication and your reaction to the Infusion, you might not feel well enough to drive yourself home. Consider arranging for someone to drive you or use a ride service.

By following these steps, you can help ensure that your Fabrazyme Infusion is as safe and comfortable as possible. Always follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare team.

How to Get a Referral for Fabrazyme

Every Fabrazyme Infusion referral must be accompanied by a physician’s order for treatment.

Patient information should include:

  • Name
  • Current address
  • Home and mobile phone number
  • Insurance information

Information the physician must include on the patient’s order for therapy:

  • Patient’s name and DOB
  • Order date
  • Diagnosis
  • Physician’s name and NPI#
  • Office address, phone, and fax numbers
  • Provider’s signature

Clinical documentation from the physician should include information to support a diagnosis for one or more of the following:

  • Adult and pediatric patients 2 years of age and older with confirmed Fabry disease

If you or someone you care about has one of the conditions that Fabrazyme treats, IVX Health would be honored to provide your care. To find an IVX Health center near you, please click here.

Patients choose IVX Health for ongoing Fabrazyme treatments because:

  • ALL private suites
  • Comfortable recliners, with chairs for guests
  • Evening & weekend appointments
  • Friendly clinical staff deliver personal service
  • Big screen TVs, high-speed WiFi, free snacks

Interested in moving your care to IVX Health?

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The infusion experience is a tough one. So to create this serene, peaceful environment means more than you will ever know.

Jennifer, Patient at IVX Health


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