lymphocyte immune globulin, anti-thymocyte globulin (horse) - inj, Atgam (cont.)
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. Health care professionals must follow all the manufacturer's instructions for properly mixing and giving this drug. If you have any questions about using this medication properly, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment. Your doctor may direct you to take other medications (e.g., acetaminophen, diphenhydramine) before the infusion to help prevent side effects.A skin test is recommended before the first dose of the medication to test if you may be allergic to it. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mild rash/itching, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: back/chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, joint/muscle pain, pain/redness/swelling at the injection site or arms/legs, swelling ankles/feet, mouth sores, unusual weakness/tiredness, unusual movements (e.g., shaking), tingling/numbness of the hands/feet, increased thirst/urination, severe stomach/abdominal pain, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion), black/bloody stools.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: seizures, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, change in the amount of urine, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine.This medication may cause or worsen very serious blood disorders (low number of blood cells such as red cells, white cells, and platelets). This effect can cause anemia, decrease your body's ability to fight an infection, or cause your body to bruise or bleed more easily. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms: signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding, unusual tiredness, fast/pounding heartbeat.Some ingredients in this medication is made from human blood. Even though donors are carefully screened and this medication goes through a special manufacturing process, there is a very small chance that you may get infections from the medication (e.g., viruses). Tell the doctor immediately if you develop any signs of infection, including fever or persistent sore throat.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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