Antithymocyte Globulin (Equine)
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Antithymocyte Globulin (Equine) Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

Atgam®

Canadian Brand Names

Atgam®

Pharmacologic Category

Immune Globulin; Immunosuppressant Agent; Polyclonal Antibody

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• You will be closely monitored by healthcare provider.

• You should be given a test dose before your first dose.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to lymphocytic immune globulin, horse proteins, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Antithymocyte globulin (equine) helps the body accept a transplanted organ.

• It decreases the body's harmful response to diseases affecting the immune system.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.

• Diphenhydramine may be given before this medicine to decrease itching.

• Acetaminophen may be given to decrease fever and chills.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for instructions.

What should I monitor?

• You will be monitored closely by healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

• Read the package insert for more details.

Created: 2007-02-16 10:48:39.0

Modified: 2010-04-07 10:48:10.0

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