Immune Globulin (Intravenous):
What is it?

Immune Globulin (Intravenous):
How is it Used?

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Immune Globulin (Intravenous) Overview


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Created: 2006-10-13 13:13:03.0

Modified: 2010-03-15 13:06:27.0

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Canadian Brand Names

Gamimune® N; Gammagard Liquid; Gammagard S/D; Gamunex®; IGIVnex®; Privigen®

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?

• Immune globulin helps the body develop antibodies and protect against infection.

How is it best taken?

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

How should I store this medicine?

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

Mexican Brand Names

Octagam; Pentaglobin; Sandoglobulina; Vigam

Pharmacologic Category

Blood Product Derivative; Immune Globulin

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to immune globulin 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.

• If you have a latex allergy, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have IgA deficiency.

U.S. Brand Names

Carimune® NF; Flebogamma®; Gammagard Liquid; Gammagard S/D; Gamunex®; Octagam®; Privigen®

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

• Call healthcare provider for instructions.

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

• This medicine may cause damage to your kidneys in certain situations. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

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

• Check blood work (kidney function) regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.