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Dornase Alfa
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Dornase Alfa Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(DOOR nase AL fa)

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Reasons not to take this medicine

• Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 5 years of age.

• If you have an allergy to dornase alfa or any other part of this medicine.

• If you are allergic to hamster products, talk with healthcare provider.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Dornase alfa is an enzyme that works to thin lung secretions.

• It improves the lungs and the risk of infection may be decreased.

How is it best taken?

• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

• Take this medicine at a similar time of day.

• Follow directions given by healthcare provider.

• For inhaling (puffing) only by an inhaler or as a liquid (solution) through a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs.

• Your healthcare provider will teach you to use the nebulizer.

• Do not mix with any other liquid medicines.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

How should I store this medicine?

• Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

• Protect from light.

• Store in protective foil pouch until ready for use.

• Use right after opening.

• Do not use if solution changes color.

• Throw away unopened medicine if left at room temperature for more than 24 hours.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 12:04:12.0

Modified: 2010-03-23 11:04:39.0

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