Generic Name(s): Immune Globulin Subcutaneous
Drug Class: Immune globulins
Treats: Primary immunodeficiency
Hizentra is used to boost body's natural immunity system against infection in persons with primary immune deficiency. Immune globulin contains antibodies that are natural substances that come from a healthy human blood. These antibodies protect the body from certain infections. They also help the body to fight infections in case of an attack.
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Hizentra is a injected medication that treats primary immunodeficiency. People with primary immunodeficiency have a weakened immune system. This means that they get sick more easily and more frequently. Primary immunodeficiency is a disease that can be difficult to diagnose due to its wide range of symptoms and severity. An immunologist, or one who specializes in the immune system, will diagnose a person with primary immunodeficiency. They may then prescribe a medication to help boost the immune system. Hizentra may be one of those medications. Below you will find the uses of Hizentra.
- Primary immunodeficiency
The dosage should be in regard to the patient's clinical response to Hizentra Therapy and Serum immunoglobulin G (1gG) through levels. For the weekly dosage, start Hizentra treatment a week after the last Immune Globulin Intravenous (IGIV) infusion. For every two weeks dosage, the treatment should be started after having the IVIg or 1 week after the last weekly SCIg infusion. Below you will find a typical dosage of Hizentra.
- Infuse the amount of medication discussed by your doctor every two weeks
Hizentra Side Effects
Like any drug, Hizentra may cause side effects. If you experience any severe or persistent side effects, contact your doctor immediately. Mild side effects will dissipate with time. Below you will find a list of side effects associated with Hizentra. Note that not all possible side effects are listed.
- Redness, bruising, itching and swelling and the place of infusion
- stomach pain
- Mild itching and rash
- Back pain
However, if you experience any of these crucial side effects stops taking Hizentra and consult your doctor promptly:
- sudden numbness or weakness
- slurred speech
- vision problems
- Blood clot in the heart
- Chest pains
- sudden cough
- rapid heart rate
- bloody cough
- dark urine
- fast heart rate
- blue lips
- chest pain
- discoloration of fingers and nails
Like any drug, Hizentra may interact with other drugs. The results can be changed if the patient stops using the medication or if the patient fails to follow the instructions. Infusion of the drug on one location can lead to infections hence the need to change the location of an infusion. When using the medication, do not start, stop or change the dosage without the doctor's approval. Below you will find a list of drugs that may interact with Hizentra. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.
- Live vaccines