IVIG is used to treat various autoimmune, infectious, and idiopathic diseases. IVIG is an approved treatment for multifocal motor neuropathy, chronic lymphocytic lymphoma, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Kawasaki disease and ITP.
IgG treatment can be costly . The cost depends on your dose and body weight, and the injection method. Treatment can cost more than $30,000 a year. It must be repeated regularly, usually for life.
IVIG is a huge cost to the NHS at £32 per gram. Each patient being treated will require 2grams/kilogram of the drug for it’s effects to take place(2). A typical patient being treated at Salford Royal hospital will need treatment every 4 to 6 weeks, making this a costly treatment to the department as a whole.
Mild and moderate side effects of intravenous IG (IVIG) are headache , flushing , chills , myalgia, wheezing, tachycardia, lower back pain, nausea and hypotension.
IVIg may affect how your immune system reacts following any vaccination, and this can make the vaccine less effective, so it’s best to avoid vaccinations for at least six weeks after having IVIg . Speak to your doctor for advice before having any vaccinations.
With IVIG , you may develop a headache during or after your infusion . Some people also feel cold during the infusion and often ask for a blanket. You may also feel more tired or have muscle aches or fever after your infusion and need to rest for a day before feeling like your usual self.
Controversy: Due to its high cost of manufacturing and administering the product, IVIG is an expensive therapy. The total cost of IVIG therapy ranges from $5000 to $10,000, depending on the patient’s weight and number of infusions per course. Additional costs may include a hospital stay if home infusion is not covered.
If you take GAMUNEX-C or a similar immune globulin product intravenously, you could experience serious kidney disease and death. You may have symptoms of decreased urination, sudden weight gain , swelling in your legs (edema), or shortness of breath.
In immunology IVIG is used in the treatment of primary antibody deficiency (PAD), in nephrology, rheumatology and ophthalmology it has been used to treat vasculitis, systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE), mucous membrane pemphigoid and uveitis and in dermatology it is used most commonly to treat Kawasaki syndrome,
Human normal immunoglobulin This provides antibodies against hepatitis A, rubella, measles and other viruses prevalent in the general population. It is most effective within three days of contact (but has some effect up to six days); protection is immediate and lasts several weeks.
The biological precedent of active immunoglobulin transfer during fetal life identifies immune globulin as different than red blood cells and provides a rationale for Jehovah’s Witnesses to accept immune globulin therapy for their children without compromising their religious beliefs.
At the time of this trial, the average price of IVIg in the U.S. was approximately $30 per gram .
Not enough of these and you can become anemic and feel very tired. IVIg helps stop the white blood cells of people with lupus from destroying their red blood cells. In people with myositis, the treatment may block your immune system’s destruction of muscle cells.
IVIg patients often begin to see results from their treatments anywhere from six months to one year. During this time, your doctor will closely monitor and track to see if there are improvements in relieving the symptoms associated with your primary diagnosis.
IVIG has caused eczematous dermatitis and alopecia . Complement consumption associated with an eczematous cutaneous reaction has been noted during infusions of high doses of IVIG .