Carimune

Generic Name: Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human)

  • What is Carimune?

    Carimune is used for the maintenance treatment of patients with primary immunodeficiencies (PID) and immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). It is given as an infusion in an office or clinic setting.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Carimune?

    Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human) (IGIV) products have been reported to be associated with serious kidney dysfunction and failure and death. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience decreased urine output, sudden weight gain, fluid retention, or shortness of breath while receiving Carimune.

  • Who should not take Carimune?

    Do not take Carimune if you have a history of severe allergic reaction to the administration of human immune globulin, have IgA deficiency or known antibody against IgA, or if you have experienced any hypersensitivity to immunoglobulins.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Carimune?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Carimune. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney disease, diabetes, reduced blood volume, a bacterial infection in the bloodstream, paraproteinemia, or are receiving drugs known to possibly cause kidney damage.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you depending upon your condition.

  • How should I take Carimune?

    Your healthcare provider will prepare and administer Carimune.

  • What should I avoid while taking Carimune?

    Avoid getting pregnant while receiving Carimune therapy as the effects of this drug on a developing fetus are not known.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Carimune?

    If Carimune is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Tell your doctor about all medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Carimune.

  • What are the possible side effects of Carimune?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: increased or decreased blood pressure, tightness in the chest, muscle pain, rash, itching, flushing of the face, chills, fever, dizziness, nausea, sweating

  • Can I receive Carimune if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Carimune on pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Carimune?

    Contact your doctor right away if you miss a scheduled dose of Carimune.

  • How should I store Carimune?

    Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.

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