Before Using

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In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of albumin (human) injection in children, given that the dose is appropriate for the body weight. Safety and efficacy have been established.

Geriatric

No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of albumin (human) injection in geriatric patients.

Breastfeeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Allergy to N-acetyltryptophan or sodium caprylate or
  • Anemia, severe or
  • Heart failure with normal or increased blood volume—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Bleeding problems (eg, hemorrhagic diathesis) or
  • Esophageal varices (extremely wide open veins in the esophagus that may cause bleeding) or
  • Heart failure or
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) or
  • Kidney failure or
  • Pulmonary edema (fluid swelling in the lungs)—Use with caution. May increase the risk for hypervolemia or hemodilution (too much fluid in the blood).

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