Immunoglobulin Therapy

Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IG) Therapy is a medical therapy that involves the intravenous administration of a concentrated solution of antibodies called immunoglobulins. This therapy is designed to supplement or replace the immune system’s natural defenses in various medical conditions.

What can IG be used for?

IG can be used in many conditions, including:

  • Primary Immunodeficiencies (Common Variable Immunodeficiency – CVID, X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia – XLA and Selective IgA Deficiency)
  • Autoimmune Disorders (Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura – ITP, Guillian-Barré Syndrome – GBS, Myasthenia Gravis – MG, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – SLE, and more.)
  • Inflammatory Neuropathies (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy – CIDP, and Multifocal Motor Neuropathy – MMN)
  • Kawasaki Disease

IG can also sometimes be used in other circumstances including secondary immunodeficiencies, certain kidney disorders and even Alzheimer’s disease.

How Does IG Work?

When the immunoglobulins (antibodies from healthy plasma) from the IVIG solution enter the patient’s bloodstream, they help supplement or replace the deficient or dysfunctional antibodies in the immune system. This can enhance the immune response, modulate immune-mediated processes, and provide passive immunity against certain infections.

How is IG Administered?

IG therapy involves the intravenous infusion of the immunoglobulin solution into the patient’s bloodstream. It is typically administered through a vein in the arm and delivered slowly over a period of several hours to ensure tolerance and minimize potential side effects. IG can also be administered subcutaneously (SC), or through small needles just under the skin. Patients are generally taught to self-administer IG this way.

How Often do Patients Receive IG?

The dosage and frequency of IG therapy are determined based on the patient’s condition, response to treatment, and other factors.

Some individuals may require regular, ongoing IG infusions weekly or monthly, while others may receive intermittent or on-demand treatments.

Are there Side Effects from IG?

IVIG therapy is generally considered safe, but side effects can occur. Common side effects may include headache, fever, fatigue, nausea, or local infusion site reactions.

Do I need a Prescription for IG?

If you think IG could help you, or want to learn more about IG, we recommend speaking with your healthcare provider. You will need a prescription from your healthcare provider to start IG. Our team can assist you with administration, teaching, follow-up and more.

When you work with us, you get the local care you deserve with the strength of a national company. Our dedicated insurance team will work with your insurance company saving you time and hassle. Call the pharmacy at 402-462-2929 or email to see how we can help you get better with our accredited home infusion services.