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What are the side effects of Immune globulin intravenous (IGIV)?


Immune globulin intravenous, also known as IGIV is a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). Its major brand names are Carimune« and Gammagard«. MS causes nerve damage which can lead to weakness, numbness, and loss of bodily control and function. Immune globulin works by boosting the body's immune response to a disease or condition when it is unable to do it on its own. Immune globulin has been used in many different medical conditions where the body is not able to produce its own immunity. While IGIV's can provide some relief for MS patients, there is no actual cure for multiple sclerosis.

Potential IGIV side effects

Side effects of immune globulin intravenous can include flushing, injection site reactions, nausea, headache, back pain, leg cramps, rash, fast heartbeat, fever, chills, tiredness, weakness, pain, changes in urine, redness of face, and difficulty breathing. Be sure to talk to your doctor if your IGIV side effects become bothersome or severe. Rare, but serious kidney damage or failure can occur while taking this drug. This list is not all-inclusive, so be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist regarding any questions you may have about IGIV treatments. Your doctor will help to determine if this is the best medication for you.

Read an In-Depth report on Multiple Sclerosis in our Health Encyclopedia.

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