Immune (Gamma Globulin) Therapy (also called IG therapy) is used to treat immune deficiency conditions that can make you susceptible to infections or autoimmune conditions that affect your nerves causing numbness, weakness or stiffness. IG therapy can be given through a vein (IV) or under the skin (subcutaneously/SC).
Our immune gamma globulin support team will work with you, your home health nurse and healthcare provider to help optimize your immune globulin therapy.
Subcutaneous Immune Globulin (SCIG)
Infusing immune globulin under the skin is gaining popularity. SCIG offers more stable IG blood levels and fewer side effects than intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) infusions. Additionally, you are taught how to self-infuse your SCIG. This allows you the flexibility to give your infusion where and when is most convenient for you. SCIG treatments must be given more often than IVIG treatment and ranges from 2 times per week to once every other week. Each infusion can last from 1-2 hours depending on your dose. SCIG is typically used to treat primary immunodeficiency conditions.
IVIG Treatment (Intravenous Immune Globulin)
IVIG treatment is usually given once per month and administered by a nurse that comes to your home. You can also go to a hospital outpatient center to receive your infusions. For some neurological conditions you might receive 3-5 days of IVIG treatment in a row once per month. IVIG treatments can have more side effects that SCIG since the doses are bigger. Most of these IVIG side effects can be controlled by adjusting the infusion rate and pre-medicating with certain medications. Since IVIG treatments involve larger doses each infusion can from 3-5 hours. IVIG treatments can be used to treat both primary immunodeficiency and neurological conditions.
Immune (Gamma) Globulin Therapy Resources:
There are over 250 primary immunodeficiency diseases. Learn more about some of the most common.
- Agammaglobulinemia: X-Linked and Autosomal Recessive
- Common Variable Immune Deficiency
- IgG Subclass Deficiency
- Selective IgA Deficiency
- Specific Antibody Deficiency
- Other Immunodeficiency Disorders
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Multifocal Motor Neuropathy
- Myasthenia Gravis
Neurological Condition Support
CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy)
Guillain Barré Syndrome