Risks with IG therapy
There are two types of problems that can occur with any type of medical treatment: side effects and an adverse event.
|Type of problems that may occur||Description|
|Side effects||These are problems that might occur as a result of the medicine and/or of the infusion process. With both forms of IG treatment (intravenous and subcutaneous), the most common side effects include:
• GI upset (including nausea or vomiting)
• Swelling, itching, or soreness at the injection site with SC treatment
These usually are due to the rate at which the IG is being infused or to the amount of IG being given. Some side effects can be controlled or prevented by taking medicine before your IG treatment or by slowing the rate of your infusion. In most cases, IG treatment can be continued.
|Adverse event||An uncommon problem that can occur during or after treatment and that can be moderate to severe (such as a heart attack or kidney failure). It can be harmful if it is not managed right away, and it often involves stopping a treatment session and/or any further treatment with IG. Adverse events are very rare.|
A key role for Accredo nurses
During IG treatment at your home is to help prevent side effects and to take action if problems occur during a treatment session.
We help you manage side effects
Our highly trained pharmacists and nurses help you manage the side effects of your treatment. In general, side effects are due to the rate of the infusion or to the dose of IG given.
Side effects vary from person to person. That’s why our service is focused on your unique needs. Because our nurses have years of experience with this type of treatment, they know how to help with side effects and know how to respond if an adverse event occurs.
After your infusion
We continue to provide service and support. This includes access to trained IG pharmacists and nurses, any time of day, 7 days a week. Call, (866) 522-8777.