Saturday, 30 June 2012

Xiapex leaflet

So today I was doing a little research into things, like I normally do. I was looking around for Xiapex/Xiaflex information and as a result I have e-mailed Mr Elliot Sorene a specialist in London to see if he'll answer some questions for the blog. 

On my travels though I came across a leaflet produced for patients on Xiapex. 

Available for all to see here: In case you can't be bothered to read it I have summarised some of the information below.

What does the leaflet say?

  • Xiapex is a collegenase that is used on Dupuytren's patients with a palpable cord. 
  • It works by being injected into the cord which in then breaks down so contracted fingers can be straightened.
  • Shouldn't take it if you are allergic to any ingredients and should not be given to under 18's or pregnant women. 
  • Side effects include swelling and pain, dizziness and headaches. 
  • During recovery you will have your hand bandaged and motion should be limited in treated hand. 
  • Finger may straighten by itself but patients should not attempt to straighten by themselves. 
Of course there is much more information in there so read it if it is something that you are interested in. 

I will of course keep you all updated on my communications with Mr Sorene who I am hoping will become one of many specialists that I can ask questions to. I am of course also going to ask Dr Shaffer and I'll see who else I can get in contact with, any requests or recommendations from patients are welcome.