Why do I have to take Galafold every other day?
Galafold works by helping to stabilize the faulty enzyme in Fabry disease and guiding it into the lysosomes to help break down accumulated lipid waste. Therefore, it is called a chaperone therapy. Once the enzyme has entered the lysosome, the chaperone will detach from the enzyme so it can break down the waste. The every-other-day dosing allows time for the protein to detach and let the enzyme complete its work. This is a case where more is not necessarily better.
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