Immunoglobulin or IG is a mixture of antibodies. The immune system creates such antibodies protect the body from infections. When an infection-causing foreign substance like a virus or bacteria gets into contact with the immune system, antibodies are formed to serve as the body’s line of defense.
A number of medical conditions can be treated with the use of immunoglobulin. This mixture can be extracted from a donor’s blood and administered to the patient through intravenous infusion, the process being called IVIG. There are also instances where some patients may require immunoglobulin to be administered subcutaneously, the process being called SQIG. Administering immunoglobulin to immune-deficient patients can help maintain adequate antibody levels in their bodies, thereby helping minimize the severity of the infections for patients who have weak immune systems.
IVIG Therapy can be used to treat the following medical conditions:
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
- Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)
- Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
- Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS)
- X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) (congenital agammaglobulinemia)
Your doctor is the best person to ask whether IVIG therapy is the best option for your situation. The professional will conduct various testings to check your condition and determine if IVIG therapy can be the most suitable treatment for your specific medical condition.
If you’d like to know more about IVIG Therapy, our team at Shawn Specialty Pharmacy can give you further answers. We invite you to talk to us at 718-417-0200. You may also visit us directly at our store.
IMPORTANT: Please make sure to have your updated contact info on our records. Kindly inform our pharmacy staff if you recently changed your phone number and/or email address so you can continue to receive refill reminders from Shawn Specialty Pharmacy.