Pulmozyme Warnings and Precautions
Before beginning treatment with Pulmozyme, warnings and precautions for the drug should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. This includes telling your healthcare provider if you have certain medical conditions or allergies, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Pulmozyme warnings and precautions also include knowing how to properly store and take the medication.
Pulmozyme: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Pulmozyme® (dornase alfa) if you:
- Have any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Pulmozyme Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Pulmozyme include the following:
- Pulmozyme should be used only with other standard treatments for cystic fibrosis.
- The medication must be stored in the refrigerator. Because it contains no preservatives, the entire ampule must be used (or discarded) as soon as it is opened. This is not usually a problem, since the standard Pulmozyme dosage is one full ampule, not a partial one.
- Pulmozyme is inhaled using a device called a nebulizer. Make sure you know exactly how to use and care for your nebulizer. Do not mix Pulmozyme with other nebulizer medications.
- Pulmozyme is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Pulmozyme Drug Interactions).
- Pulmozyme is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug when pregnant (see Pulmozyme and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if Pulmozyme passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider before using Pulmozyme (see Pulmozyme and Breastfeeding).