Connecting with Other Patients

Living with Pompe disease is about more than just dealing with symptoms, juggling doctor appointments, and keeping up with treatment. It is also about living in the face of new physical and emotional challenges that affect everyday life. Establishing a strong support network is a vital component of overall wellness for those living with a chronic illness.

As a patient, you should know that you are not alone. There are active patient groups and caring health professionals who can help you manage the challenges of living with Pompe disease. While each patient's experience will always be unique, reaching out to others can bring you and your loved ones support and new perspectives on your situation.

Building Your Support Network

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In addition to websites and forums sponsored by patient organizations, social networking sites have created opportunities for individuals to reach out to one another. Search for "Pompe disease" on Facebook, Yahoo! Groups, and other similar resources and you'll find many other patients eager to connect and share experiences.

For More Information

There are numerous organizations throughout the U.S. dedicated to supporting and connecting people living with Pompe disease, as well as online resources that can provide further information.

See a list of Organizations & Educational Resources

INDICATION

LUMIZYME® (alglucosidase alfa) is an enzyme replacement therapy for patients with Pompe disease (acid α-glucosidase (GAA) deficiency).

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: RISK OF ANAPHYLAXIS, HYPERSENSITIVITY AND IMMUNE-MEDIATED REACTIONS, and RISK OF CARDIORESPIRATORY FAILURE
  • If you or your child is taking Lumizyme, you should know that severe and potentially life-threatening allergic-type reactions known as anaphylaxis or severe hypersensitivity reactions, and other severe reactions related to the immune system may occur during and after Lumizyme treatment. Reactions may include, for example, kidney dysfunction, extreme difficulty breathing, shallow breathing, abnormal heart rate, low blood pressure, or throat tightness (including face, tongue and lip swelling) and skin lesions.
  • If you or your child experiences these severe reactions, you may require close observation during and after Lumizyme administration. You should discuss with your physician the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions and seek immediate medical care should they occur. Anaphylaxis or severe hypersensitivity reactions are potentially very dangerous. If such a reaction is severe enough, your doctor may decide to immediately discontinue the infusion and provide immediate medical care. Appropriate medical support measures may be administered when you are being infused with Lumizyme.
  • If your child has a current respiratory condition or illness and has compromised breathing or heart function due to Pompe disease, there may be risk of acute worsening of heart and/or lung function with Lumizyme due to the fluid of the infusion, and your doctor may decide that close observation during and after Lumizyme administration may be necessary.

WARNING AND PRECAUTIONS

Anaphylaxis and Hypersensitivity Reactions: Life-threatening anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions have been observed in some patients during and after treatment with alglucosidase alfa. If such a reaction is severe enough, your doctor may decide to immediately discontinue the infusion and provide you with immediate medical care. Appropriate medical support and monitoring measures should be available during infusion.

Immune-Mediated Reactions: You or your child may be monitored for the development of systemic immune-mediated reactions while receiving Lumizyme. If these reactions occur, your doctor may discontinue the infusion and initiate appropriate medical treatment.

Risk of Acute Cardiorespiratory Failure: Infant Pompe patients with heart or breathing problems who are experiencing an acute respiratory condition may be at risk for increasing the seriousness of these problems as a result of Lumizyme administration due to the infusion fluid, and your child’s doctor may require additional monitoring for these infants.

Risk of Cardiac Arrhythmia and Sudden Cardiac Death during General Anesthesia for Central Venous Catheter Placement: Caution should be used when administering general anesthesia for the placement of a central venous catheter intended for Lumizyme infusion. Ventricular arrhythmias and slow heart rate resulting in cardiac arrest or death have been observed in infant Pompe patients with cardiac hypertrophy during general anesthesia for central venous catheter placement. Appropriate medical support and monitoring measures should be available during infusion.

Risk of Antibody Development: Since Lumizyme is a protein, it is the possible that patients receiving it develop antibodies. Some patients who develop high IgG antibody levels that last for a while may have reduced response to Lumizyme. Patients should be monitored for IgG antibody formation every 3 months for 2 years and then annually thereafter.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most frequently reported adverse reactions during Lumizyme studies in patients were allergy reactions and included: anaphylaxis, rash, fever, flushing/feeling hot, hives, headache, excessive sweating, nausea, cough, less oxygen in the blood, fast heart rate, rapid breathing, chest discomfort, dizziness, muscle twitching, agitation, bluish or purple skin, redness of skin, high blood pressure/increased blood pressure, facial paleness, chills, tremor, vomiting, fatigue, and muscle pain.

SPECIAL POPULATIONS

If you are pregnant, you should use Lumizyme only if your doctor has determined that its use outweighs any risks to your unborn child.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see the Full Prescribing Information for complete details, including boxed WARNING.