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IVIG

Intravenous immune globulin (“IVIG”) is a product made up of antibodies that can be given intravenously (through a vein). There are multiple brands of IVIG available.

IVIG is used primarily in two situations. One reason you might need IVIG is if your body does not make enough antibodies. A second reason you might need IVIG is if your immune system has started attacking your own body by producing antibodies directed against your own cells. Conditions in which this happens include: immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP).

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Administration Information

IVIG is given intravenously, in an infusion that usually takes one to four hours. The amount of IVIG you need for each dose depends on your weight as well as the reason you are getting the IVIG. Frequency and duration of infusions depend on the underlying disease and the clinical course.

Potential Side Effects

One of the most common side effects is headache. Other side effects include chills, fever, flushing, flu-like muscle pains or joint pains, feeling tired, having nausea, vomiting, and rash. For the most part, these reactions are mild and typically happen with the first dose of IVIG or if you change to a different brand of IVIG.

Side effects that can happen a day or more after you receive IVIG include rashes and low blood counts.

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