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What are alglucerase injections?

Alglucerase is a prescription medication that's used to treat type I Gaucher disease. This is an inherited metabolic disorder that's caused by a lack of an enzyme called glucocerebrosidase. Alglucerase injections contain that missing enzyme, so it helps treat symptoms of Gaucher disease by reducing swelling in the liver and spleen and helping maintain bone and blood health. Alglucerase injections are usually given by a healthcare provider in a hospital or clinic. These intravenous infusions of alglucerase usually take an hour or two and may be done as often as three times a week or as seldom as once a month. Alglucerase is the generic name for the active ingredient in brand-name drugs such as Ceredase. Talk to your doctor to determine whether alglucerase injections are right for you.

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