Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIg) Infusion

(Intravenous blood product generally used for treating immune and inflammatory diseases and disorders)

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Immuneglobulin is sterile and purified antibodies pooled from the plasma (liquid portion) of more than a thousand human blood donors. Immune globulin products are administered intravenously (by needle into the body) to treat immune deficiencies, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, and for acute infections.

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6
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Pain
Pain is 4 of 10
Inconvenience
Inconvenience is 8 of 10

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Preparation for Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIg) Infusion:
“Bring liquids with you to the treatments and drink a lot to stay hydrated.”

“Plan a recovery time of 24-36 hours after each treatment.”

“Get educational counseling about blood products (like IVIg) and any risk factors associated with them.”

Preparation for Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIg) Infusion:
“Talk to your family about your treatment and reach out for their support; this can be a doubly tough time as you deal with the disease as well as the treatment, and support helps a lot.”

Keep current on pain medications for headache following treatment; consider asking your doctor about round-the-clock Tylenol dosing.

 

Patient Stories

Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIg) Infusion

I went to the office of my doctor, a dermatologist specializing in blistering diseases, for the IVIg treatments. In the beginning, I went every three weeks, then the sessions were spaced out a bit more. The individual treatments take a while. Read More

Paul, male, 48, Massachusetts

 

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