Seeking the help of a rheumatologist regularly for immune deficiencies, autoimmune diseases, acute infections or inflammatory muscle diseases? Ask about Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy treatment as a possible solution to achieve quality-of-life.

What Is It?
Prepared from a pool of immunoglobulins (antibodies) from the plasma of thousands of healthy donors. Immunoglobulins are made by the immune system of healthy people for the purpose of fighting infections. While IVIG is obtained from plasma (a blood product), it is so purified that the chances of contracting a blood-borne infection are extremely low.1

Typical Treatment For:

  • Kawasaki’s disease in children
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Polymyositis
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis
  • Low platelet counts
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

The Pros

  • IVIG is given as an intravenous infusion therapy and takes several hours to complete and the duration and frequency is dependent upon the underlying disease/condition and patient’s needs. For diseases like Kawasaki’s, a one-time diffusion may be needed, whereas for other diseases it may be given 1-5 days during a month. Note: it can take several weeks for IVIG to take its full effect. As a result, ContinuumRx patients enjoy quality of care within the comforts of their home. 
  • Unlike other medications, IVIG does not increase the risk of infection.
  • Minor side effects which could include fever, chills, flushing, rash, muscle aches, headaches, and nausea. Analgesics and antihistamines can help to reduce these side effects. 
  • Safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The Cons

  • While it rarely happens, IVIG can cause aseptic meningitis.
  • It may impact heart failure and cause a patient’s blood pressure to increase
    on the short-term.
  • When given in high doses, IVIG increases the risk for blood clots slightly.

Contact the ContinuumRx location near you to have your questions answered and start a conversation with your doctor.

1 https://www.rheumatology.org/Portals/0/Files/Intravenous-Immunoglobulin-IVIG-Fact-Sheet.pdf

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