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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:
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.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of pit viper antivenin injection in children. Safety and efficacy have been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of pit viper antivenin injection in the elderly.
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.
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.
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 papaya or to the enzyme papain—Should not be used in patients with this condition, unless management for an allergic reaction is readily available.
Allergy to chymopapain, bromelain (pineapple enzyme), dust mite, or latex or
Collagen disease or
Congestive heart failure or
Liver problems or
Poor nutrition status (malnourishment) or
Thyroid problems or
Vitamin K deficiency—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
Snake bite, previous—Use with caution. During previous treatment, your body may have developed antibodies (proteins produced by the immune system that help the body fight infection and are involved in allergic reactions), which may cause a serious allergic reaction with the current treatment.