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Drugs reference index «Immune globulin subcutaneous (human)»

Immune globulin subcutaneous (human)


Immune globulin subcutaneous (human)

Brand names: Vivaglobin

Why is Immune globulin subcutaneous (human) prescribed?

Vivaglobin is an immune globulin, made from human plasma. It is used in people who do not have healthy immune systems.

Vivaglobin contains the antibody immunoglobulin G (IgG), which is found in the blood of healthy individuals to help combat germs, such as bacteria and viruses. Because it helps the body rid itself of these bacteria and viruses, IgG is important in helping the body fight infection.

Most important fact about Immune globulin subcutaneous (human)

People who receive immune globulin therapy for the first time, who are switched from another brand of immune globulin, or who have not received immune globulin therapy within the 8 weeks, may develop fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting.

Because Vivaglobin is made from human blood, it may contain infectious agents, such as viruses, that can cause disease.

How should you take Immune globulin subcutaneous (human)?

Vivaglobin is taken subcutaneously (just under the skin). Do not administer it into a blood vessel (vein or artery).

The following areas are recommended for the injection of Vivaglobin: stomach, upper leg or arm, or hip. Talk with your doctor to figure out the best injection site for you.

  • Storage instructions...Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Immune globulin subcutaneous (human).

  • Side effects may include:Allergic reaction, cough, diarrhea, fever; headache, itching, nausea, pain, rash, redness sore throat, stomach problems, swelling

Why should Immune globulin subcutaneous (human) not be prescribed?

Do not take Vivaglobin if you have had a previous reaction to immune globulin A (IgA).

Special warnings about Immune globulin subcutaneous (human)

Avoid using Vivaglobin if your doctor has not explained how to take it.

Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Vivaglobin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Immune globulin subcutaneous (human)

If Vivaglobin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Vivaglobin with the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR).

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

The effects of Vivaglobin during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Talk with your doctor before taking Immune globulin subcutaneous (human) if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Recommended dosage for Immune globulin subcutaneous (human)

ADULTS

The recommended weekly dose of Vivaglobin is 100 to 200 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, given just under the skin.

Overdosage

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

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