Antivenin (Latrodectus mactans):
What is it?

Antivenin (Latrodectus mactans):
How is it Used?


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Antivenin (Latrodectus mactans) Overview

Overview

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Created: 2006-10-30 11:04:58.0

Modified: 2010-03-15 12:40:25.0

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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.

How does it work?

• Antivenin ( Lactrodectus mactans) stops the poison from the spider bite.

How is it best taken?

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

• This medicine may be given as a shot into a muscle.

How should I store this medicine?

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

Pharmacologic Category

Antivenin

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to antivenin ( Lactrodectus mactans) or any other part of this medicine.

• If you have an allergy to horses or horse serum, talk with healthcare provider.

• 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.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

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