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Gammagard

Gammagard



USES: This medication is used to boost the body's natural defense system against infection in persons with a weakened immune system. It is also used to increase the blood count in persons with the blood disorder known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.

 
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Gammagard

Uses
This medication is used to boost the body's natural defense system against infection in persons with a weakened immune system. It is also used to increase the blood count in persons with the blood disorder known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
Notes
  • Laboratory tests (kidney functon) will be done to monitor your progress.

Storage
  • This medication is stored under refrigeration as directed.


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How To Use
  • HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication is administered by injection into a vein by a health care professional.
  • Because this medication provides protection for a limited period of time (1 to 3 months), additional doses may be necessary based on your situation.
  • Discuss this with your doctor.

Side Effects
  • Redness, warmth, pain and tenderness may occur at the site of injection.
  • Fever, chills, headache, weakness and nausea may also occur.
  • If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience skin rash, swelling of the hands, feet or face or breathing trouble while taking this medication.
  • Very unlikely but report vision problems, confusion, change in amount of urine and seizures.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of blood disorders, kidney disease, diabetes, severe infections, heart problems and of any allergies.
  • Caution is advised when used in elderly patients because this group may be more sensitive to the drug's effect.
  • This medication should be use only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It is unknown if this drug is excreted into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • It is important that each dose be used as scheduled.
  • If you miss a dose, contact your doctor who will help establish a new dose schedule.
  • Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use, especially of vaccines; drugs that affect the kidneys (e.g., amphotericin, tobramycin) and of "water pills" (e.g., furosemide).
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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