Safety Information

Please consult the Replagal Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) before prescribing.


Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients (sodium phosphate monobasic, monohydrate, polysorbate 20, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide and water for injections)

Special warnings and precautions for use1

Idiosyncratic infusion related reactions
13.7% of adult patients treated with Replagal in clinical trials have experienced idiosyncratic infusion related reactions. Four of 17 (23.5%) paediatric patients ≥7 years of age enrolled in clinical trials experienced at least one infusion reaction over a period of 4.5 years of treatment (mean duration of approx. 4 years). Three of 8 (37.5%) paediatric patients <7 years of age experienced at least one infusion related reaction over a mean observation time of 4.2 years. The most common symptoms have been rigors, headache, nausea, pyrexia, flushing and fatigue. Serious infusion reactions have been reported uncommonly; symptoms reported include pyrexia, rigors, tachycardia, urticaria, nausea/vomiting, angioneurotic oedema with throat tightness, stridor and swollen tongue. Other infusion-related symptoms may include dizziness and hyperhidrosis. A review of cardiac events showed that infusion reactions may be associated with hemodynamic stress triggering cardiac events in patients with pre-existing cardiac manifestations of Fabry disease.

The onset of infusion related reactions has generally occurred within the first 2-4 months after initiation of treatment with Replagal although later onset (after 1 year) has been reported as well. These effects have decreased with time. If mild or moderate acute infusion reactions occur, medical attention must be sought immediately and appropriate actions instituted. The infusion can be temporarily interrupted (5 to 10 minutes) until symptoms subside and the infusion may then be restarted. Mild and transient effects may not require medical treatment or discontinuation of the infusion. In addition, oral or intravenous pre-treatment with antihistamines and/or corticosteroids, from 1 to 24 hours prior to infusion may prevent subsequent reactions in those cases where symptomatic treatment was required.

Hypersensitivity reactions
Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported. If severe hypersensitivity or anaphylactic reactions occur, the administration of Replagal should be discontinued immediately and appropriate treatment initiated. The current medical standards for emergency treatment are to be observed.

Antibodies to the protein
As with all protein pharmaceutical products, patients may develop antibodies to the protein. A low titre IgG antibody response has been observed in approximately 24% of the male patients treated with Replagal. Based on limited data this percentage has been found to be lower (7%) in the male paediatric population. These IgG antibodies appeared to develop following approximately 3-12 months of treatment. After 12 to 54 months of therapy, 17% of Replagal treated patients were still antibody positive whereas 7% showed evidence for the development of immunologic tolerance, based on the disappearance of IgG antibodies over time. The remaining 76% were antibody negative throughout. In paediatric patients >7 yrs of age, 1/16 male patients tested positive for IgG anti-agalsidase alfa antibodies during the study. No increase in the incidence of adverse events was detected for this patient. In paediatric patients <7 yrs of age, 0/7 male patients tested positive for IgG anti-agalsidase 4 alfa antibodies. Borderline IgE antibody positivity not associated with anaphylaxis has been reported in clinical trials in a very limited number of patients.

Patients with renal impairment
The presence of extensive renal damage may limit the renal response to enzyme replacement therapy, possibly due to underlying irreversible pathological changes. In such cases, the loss of renal function remains within the expected range of the natural progression of disease.

Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Replagal should not be co-administered with chloroquine, amiodarone, benoquin or gentamicin since these substances have the potential to inhibit intra-cellular α-galactosidase activity. As α-galactosidase A is itself an enzyme, it would be an unlikely candidate for cytochrome P450 mediated drug-drug interactions. In clinical studies, neuropathic pain medicinal products (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin and gabapentin) were administered concurrently to most patients without any evidence of interaction.

Effects on ability to drive and use machines1

Replagal has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

Undesirable effects1

Summary of safety profile
The most commonly reported adverse reactions were infusion associated reactions, which occurred in 13.7% of adult patients treated with Replagal in clinical trials. Most undesirable effects were mild to moderate in severity.

Adverse reactions

Very common

(frequency ≥1/10)

Headache, flushing, nausea, rigors, pyrexia, pain and discomfort, fatigue.

(≥1/100 to <1/10)

Periphear oedema, dizziness, dysgeusia, neuropathic pain, tremor, hypersomnia, hypoesthesia, paraesthesia, corneal reflex decreased, lacrimation increased, tinnitus, tinnitus aggravated, tachycardia, palpitations, cough, hoarseness, throat tightness, dyspnoea, nasopharyngitis, pharyngitis, throat secretion increased, rhinorrhea, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain/discomfort, acne, erythema, pruritis, rash, livedo reticularis, musculoskeletal discomfort, myalgia, back pain, limb pain, peripheral swelling, arthralgia, joint swelling, fatigue aggravated, feeling hot, feeling cold, asthenia, chest pain, chest tightness, influenza like illness, injection site reaction, malaise.

(≥1/1000 to <1/100)

Parosmia, oxygen saturation decreased, angioneurotic oedema, urticarial, sensation of heaviness, anaphylactic reaction, hypersensitivity.
Not knownCardiac arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation, ventricular extrasystoles, tachyarrhythmia), myocardial ischaemia, heart failure, hypotension, hyperhidrosis.


In clinical trials doses up to 0.4 mg/kg weekly were used, and their safety profile was not different from the recommended dose of 0.2 mg/kg biweekly.

1. Replagal (agalsidase alfa), EMA Summary of Product Characteristics, August 2016. Available here.