immune globulin intravenous (generic name)
Octagam (brand name)
It helps to prevent or reduce the severity of certain infections in patients who are at risk
(im MUNE GLOB yoo lin)
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What is this medicine?IMMUNE GLOBULIN (im MUNE GLOB yoo lin) helps to prevent or reduce the severity of certain infections in patients who are at risk. This medicine is collected from the pooled blood of many donors. It is used to treat immune system problems, thrombocytopenia, and Kawasaki syndrome.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
extremely low or no immune antibodies in the blood
history of blood clots
infection in the blood, sepsis
taking medicine that may change kidney function - ask your health care provider about your medicine
an unusual or allergic reaction to human immune globulin, albumin, maltose, sucrose, polysorbate 80, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for injection into a muscle or infusion into a vein or skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
In rare cases, some brands of this medicine might be given at home. You will be taught how to give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment. If you give yourself the medicine and you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
-aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
-medicines for infection like acyclovir, adefovir, amphotericin B, bacitracin, cidofovir, foscarnet, ganciclovir, gentamicin, pentamidine, vancomycin
-NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
This medicine is made from pooled blood donations of many different people. It may be possible to pass an infection in this medicine. However, the donors are screened for infections and all products are tested for HIV and hepatitis. The medicine is treated to kill most or all bacteria and viruses. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medicine.
Do not have vaccinations for at least 14 days before, or until at least 3 months after receiving this medicine.