Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. It is given using an infusion pump or as a shot under your skin, usually in the stomach, upper arm, upper leg or hip area, or thigh. You or your caregiver may be trained to prepare and inject this medicine at home. Be sure that you understand how to use the medicine.

If you use this medicine at home, you will be shown the body areas where this shot or infusion can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas. This will help prevent skin problems from the injections. Do not inject into skin areas that are red, injured, or inflamed, or areas that have scars, tattoos, or stretch marks.

The infusion sites should be at least 2 inches apart. Do not use more than 6 infusion sites at the same time.

This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet and patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Check the liquid in the vial. It should be clear and colorless to slightly yellow. Do not use the medicine if the liquid is cloudy, discolored, or has particles in it. Do not shake.

Allow the medicine to warm to room temperature for 90 minutes before you use it. Do not warm it in any other way.

If you are using an infusion pump, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for preparing the infusion.

You might not use all of the medicine in each vial or infusion. Use each vial or infusion only one time. Do not save an open vial.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For injectable dosage form (solution):
    • For primary humoral immunodeficiency:
      • Adults—Dose is based on your Immunoglobulin G (IgG) level in your blood and must be determined by your doctor. You must have received immune globulin intravenous (IGIV) treatment at regular intervals for at least 3 months before using this medicine. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

You may keep the medicine in the refrigerator for up to 24 months. You may also store it at room temperature for up to 6 months. Do not put it back in the refrigerator once kept in room temperature. Throw away any unused liquid.

Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container where the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.