GAMMAGARD LIQUID FAQ
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What is GAMMAGARD LIQUID treatment?
GAMMAGARD LIQUID is a ready-to-use liquid medicine that contains immunoglobulin (Ig) antibodies, which protect the body against infection. These antibodies, collected from healthy people, replace the missing antibodies in PI patients.
GAMMAGARD LIQUID treatment is used to treat patients with primary immunodeficiency (PI) diseases. There are many forms of PI. The most common types of PI result in an inability to make a very important type of protein called antibodies, which help the body fight off infections from bacteria or viruses. GAMMAGARD LIQUID is made from human plasma that is donated by healthy people. It may carry a risk of transmitting viruses.1
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How is GAMMAGARD LIQUID treatment administered?
GAMMAGARD LIQUID treatment can be administered into a vein (intravenously or IV) or under the skin (subcutaneously or SubQ) for PI patients only. Most often IV infusions are given every 3 or 4 weeks, whereas SubQ infusions are given every week. You and your healthcare provider will decide which route of administration is best for you. Most of the time Ig SubQ infusions are given at home by patients or caregivers. Intravenous Ig infusions are given in a hospital, infusion center or at home by a nurse.1
What are the side effects associated with GAMMAGARD LIQUID treatment?
See GAMMAGARD LIQUID IV side effects and SubQ side effects. These generally go away within a few hours, and may possibly be reduced after the first few infusions. Call your doctor or emergency services if you have a serious side effect occur.1
What can I do to reduce the risk of side effects?
The following conditions can increase the risk of side effects. You should tell your healthcare provider if you:1
- Have selective IgA deficiency or a history of severe allergic reactions to immunoglobulin (Ig) or other blood products
- Have or had any kidney, liver, or heart problems or history of blood clots
- Are dehydrated
- Have any bruising, inflammation (irritation), or infection of the skin
- Are pregnant, become pregnant, or are nursing
Who should not be treated with GAMMAGARD LIQUID?
Some patients with a history of selective IgA deficiency or a history of a severe allergic reaction to Ig or other blood products may not be able to receive further treatment with GAMMAGARD LIQUID. If you have such a history, discuss this with your healthcare provider to determine if GAMMAGARD LIQUID can be safely administered to you.1
IV and SubQ Administration FAQ
How will I know if IV or SubQ is right for me?
You and your healthcare provider will make this choice based on your medical and personal needs. You can learn about the benefits of IV and SubQ and download a chart comparing the two routes of administration in our section on choosing what's best for you.
What kind of training will I receive? Is there review material available if I forget or just need a refresher?
Your nurse will show you how to administer SubQ infusions so that you feel comfortable with the steps to administer your infusion. You can also request educational materials on subcutaneous administration of GAMMAGARD LIQUID treatment. These include an infusion mat, a step-by-step guide to infusing, and a training DVD with both the adult and pediatric perspective. Call 1-855-250-5111 to order yours.
Are there any special considerations for giving SubQ Ig to children?
GAMMAGARD LIQUID is indicated for the treatment of PI in adult and pediatric patients two years of age or older. For patients under 40 kg (88 lbs), the maximum volume per site (20 mL/site) and maximum infusion rate (20 mL/hr/site) are less than for patients over 40 kg (30 mL/site and 30 mL/hr/site, respectively).1
Is traveling with supplies an issue?
Do insurance plans cover SubQ the same as IV?
Contact your health insurance provider for information.
Is there financial support for treatment?
A MyIgSource specialist is available by phone to answer your questions and can assist you.
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Are there any resources available for patients receiving Ig infusions?
Shire offers a number of educational resources and services that may be helpful to primary immunodeficiency (PI) patients and caregivers.
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Reference: 1. GAMMAGARD LIQUID [Immune Globulin Infusion (Human)] 10% [Prescribing Information]. Westlake Village, CA: Baxalta US Inc.
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