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What is Intravenous Immune Globulin?

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Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) is an injection made from healthy human blood that can help protect people with compromised immune systems from infection. The healthy blood used for IVIG usually has particularly high concentrations of important antibodies.

It is also used to boost the platelet count of people with idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura-ITP, which is a blood disorder. It can also treat multifocal motor neuropathy, a muscle weakness disorder, as well as circulatory problems in Kawasaki syndrome. Medical researchers are continuing to discover new ways to use IVIG to boost the immune systems of patients with serious immune deficiencies.

A doctor starts slowly while administering IVIG, paying close attention to the patient’s reactions to medication. If no signs of side-effects arise, he or she will speed up the medication.

There are several possible side-effects of IVIGs, including:

  • Flushing
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Chills
  • Muscle cramps
  • Back or joint pain
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

People who experience these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately. IVIGs are largely safe, however they do have some serious side-effects. These include:

  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Fainting
  • Irregular or elevated heartbeat
  • Fatigue

Do you have a compromised immune system? Are you interested in Intravenous Immune Globulin? See if you qualify for IMMUNOe’s clinical research study on IVIG today!

Source: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-22523/immune-globulin-intravenous/details#side-effects

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