GAMMAGARD LIQUID for SubQ Administration
SubQ administration of GAMMAGARD LIQUID treatment is another administration option available to you. Based on your ability, lifestyle, and preference, you can work with your healthcare provider to decide which administration option is right for you.
What to Know About SubQ Treatment
- GAMMAGARD LIQUID SubQ infusions are delivered under your skin through
1 or more (maximum of 8 simultaneous sites) needles inserted in the upper arms, abdomen, thighs, or lower back.1
- Ig treatment is absorbed into your bloodstream through the tissues beneath your skin.1,2
- SubQ administration may be administered by yourself or a caregiver at home, once a week.1
- Before you start infusing at home, a nurse will train you or your caregiver to make sure you know what you're doing and feel comfortable doing it.
- The number of sites depends on your dose. In the clinical study (N=49) of SubQ administration of GAMMAGARD LIQUID SubQ, weekly infusion times ranged from 0.8 to 2.3 hours (the weekly median infusion time was 1.2 hours). Between 2 and 10 infusion sites were needed.1
What to Expect With SubQ Treatment
Before the infusion:
- Drink lots of fluids2 (Check with your doctor if you have any medical conditions that limit your water intake)
- Choose a quiet time of day
- Take precautions to avoid disruptions while infusing
- Set up supplies1
- Select a book, movie, or other relaxing activity to occupy yourself during the infusion
- It is recommended that you have another responsible person at home while self-infusing in case you experience a side effect1
During the infusion:
- Relax comfortably when using an ambulatory or mobile infusion pump
- Some infusion site reactions, such as swelling, redness, or itching, may occur1
- Care for any reactions as instructed by your healthcare provider2
- If you experience any serious side effects such as blood clots, kidney problems, serious allergic reactions (hives, swelling in the mouth, or trouble breathing) or other serious symptoms, stop the infusion immediately and contact your heatlhcare professional or emergency services1
After the infusion:
- Continue to drink fluids and remain hydrated2
- Report any side effects to your doctor or nurse1
- Record your infusion in your logbook2
Keep in mind that SubQ treatment is only to be self-administered or administered by a caregiver at home.1
References: 1. GAMMAGARD LIQUID [Immune Globulin Infusion (Human)] 10% [Prescribing Information]. Westlake Village, CA: Baxalta US Inc. 2. Younger MEM, ed. IDF Guide for Nurses: Immunoglobulin Therapy for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases. 4th ed. Towson, MD: Immune Deficiency Foundation; 2016.
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