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Generic name: alpha 1-proteinase inhibitor [ AL-fa-1-PRO-tee-nase-in-HIB-i-tor ]
Drug class: Miscellaneous respiratory agents

What is Glassia?

Glassia is a source of alpha-1 proteinase, which inhibits a type of protein also known as alpha-1 1-antitrypsin. This protein is found in the body naturally and plays a vital role in preventing tissue breakdown in the lungs.Emphysema can occur in people lacking alpha-1 antitrypsin.The treatment of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiencies in patients with emphysema symptoms is glassia.Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a genetic disorder (inherited). Glassia may not be able to cure alpha-1 alpha 1-antitrypsin and it might not be able to slow down the progression of emphysema.


Glassia should not be used if you are allergic to alpha-1 proteinase inhibitors, have IgA deficiency (immunoglobulin A), or have an antibody against IgA.If you experience any serious side effects, such as fever or chills, body pains, flu symptoms, or mouth sores, or if you notice wheezing, chest tightness or pain, difficulty breathing, or changes in vision, call your doctor immediately. Glassia (a part of blood) is made with human plasma, which can contain viruses and infectious agents. Plasma donated is treated and tested to reduce the possibility of it being infected, but it is still possible that it can transmit disease. Speak to your doctor about any risks or benefits associated with using this medication.

Before you take this drug

Glassia should not be used if you:

  • You've experienced a severe reaction to alpha-1 proteinase inhibitors.
  • You have an iga deficiency (antibody against iga) or an iga antibody.

Tell your doctor about any of the following to ensure that Glassia will not harm you:

  • Liver disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD) or any other breathing disorder

Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing.Glassia cannot be used by anyone under the age of 18.Glassia, which is made of donated plasma from humans, may contain viruses and other infectious agents. Plasma is treated and tested to reduce the chance of contamination. However, there is still some risk. You should ask your doctor if there are any risks.

Similar/related drugs

Prolastin , Prolastin-C , Zemaira , alpha-1-proteinase inhibitor , Aralast NP

How to take Glassia?

Glassia should be taken exactly as prescribed by your physician. Study all instructions provided on your prescription label.Glassia injections are usually given once a week.You may receive your first dose in a medical environment where serious side effects are quickly treated.If you're not sure how to inject an injection, ask your pharmacist or doctor.Glassia is an alpha-1 proteinase inhibitor in liquid form that has not been mixed with any diluent.Only prepare an injection when it's time for administration. If the medicine is cloudy, has changed colour, or has particles, call your pharmacist.Never reuse a syringe or needle. Put them in a "sharps container" that is puncture proof and dispose of the sharps according to local or state laws. Keep away from children and pets.Weight is taken into account when determining the dose. Your dose may change if you gain or lose weight.Keep Glassia inside the original carton. Let the medicine reach room temperature by taking it out of the fridge.Glassia must be used within one month of reaching room temperature. You should not put it back in the refrigerator.Glassia should not be frozen and it must not be used after the date of expiration printed on the label.After one use, throw away the vial or bottle, even if it still contains medicine.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you miss a dosage, call your doctor to get instructions.

What happens if you overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

If your doctor prescribes any restrictions regarding food, beverage, or activity, follow their instructions.

Side effects of Glassia

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction: hives, rash, confusion, feeling light-headed, rapid heartbeats, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, or swelling on your face, lips, or tongue, seek emergency medical attention.You may be prescribed epinephrine, also known as Epi-Pen (Epinephrine), to carry with you at all times in the event of an allergic reaction.

If you experience:

  • Wheezing, chest discomfort, and difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness, severe headache;
  • A seizure;
  • Sudden numbness, weakness, or problems with speech or vision

During the injection, you may feel dizzy. Afterward, you may need to take a rest.

Glassia can cause a variety of side effects.

  • Cold symptoms like a runny nose or stuffy nose. Sore throat.
  • Headache;
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Weakness;
  • Flushing (sudden heat, redness, or tingly sensation);
  • Nausea;
  • There may be bruising and bleeding at the injection site.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

Interaction with other drug

Alpha-1-proteinase inhibitors may interact with other drugs, such as vitamins and herbal supplements. Inform your doctor of all the other medications you take.