Enzymes are tiny proteins that cause different chemical reactions in your body. These reactions support your body’s everyday needs such as digesting food, creating energy to walk and run, storing molecules in tissues and organs, and removing harmful substances from the body. When levels of certain enzymes are low or absent, also called an enzyme deficiency, your body may not function normally. To help correct an enzyme deficiency, your doctor may prescribe specialty medications to replace low levels of the enzymes or to help the enzymes you have work better.
Some rare enzyme deficiency conditions that may require specialty medications include:
- Adenosine deaminase deficiency
- Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
- Fabry disease
- Gaucher’s disease
- Hunter syndrome
- Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome
- Pompe disease
It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions and not skip any medication. To learn more about enzyme deficiency medications, treatment and ongoing management of these conditions, please read the information below.
The following resources may be helpful for learning more about enzyme deficiency, how it’s treated and what medications are used. The links below may also help you to find support services and learn about new research being done on this condition.
- Pompe Disease (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
- NINDS Mucopolysaccharidoses Information Page (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
- Fabry Disease (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
- Gaucher’s Disease (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
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- 22 Aug 2018
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