Cornerstone Health Solutions is dedicated to supporting you through your immune globulin treatment. We are committed to helping you with financial assistance, providing you with thorough medication education, helping keep you on track, and being fully available to you to answer questions.
What is immune globulin?
Immune globulin is a product that is made from donated human blood and contains antibodies. Antibodies are proteins in your body that help you recognize and fight infections. Some conditions that may require treatment with immune globulin include:
- Congenital hypogammaglobulinemia
- Multiple Sclerosis (relapsing remitting)
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuritis
- Myesthenia Gravis
- Severe combined immunodeficiency
- Common variable immunodeficiency
What does immune globulin do?
Our immune system makes antibodies specific to every virus, bacteria, and other foreign substance it encounters. As we get older the amount of antibodies our immune system makes increases. When we isolate these antibodies from donated human blood to make immune globulin we get a very concentrated solution of antibodies against many bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances. We then use this concentrated antibody solution to treat patients with a weak immune system (cannot make these antibodies on their own). This gives patients an immune defense against infections even when they have a weak immune system.
Immune globulin can also help regulate an overactive immune system in patients that have autoimmune diseases. However, it is unknown exactly how immune globulin works in these situations.
What immune globulin medications do you offer?
- Bivigam 10%
- GammaKed 10%
- Gamunex-C 10%
- Carimune NF
- Flebogamma 10%
- Gammagard Liquid 10%
- Gammagard S/D
- Gammaplex 5%
- Hizentra 20%
- HyQiva 10%
- Octagam 10%
- Octagam 5%
- Privigen 10%
What should I expect from treatment?
Immune globulin treatments are either injections that go under your skin (subcutaneous) or injections that go right into your veins (IV). If you are prescribed an immune globulin that you can inject under your skin, you may be able to do that from home. Please contact us if you have any questions on how to properly inject yourself under the skin. Your provider may decide to do IV infusion treatments of immune globulin which means you would have to go to an infusion center to get your treatment. How often you receive treatments will depend on which immune globulin your provider prescribes and why you need the treatments. Regardless of which type of medication your provider prescribes, we can ship them directly to you, your provider, or the infusion center. The most common side effects that you may experience include headache, flu-like symptoms, nausea/vomiting, and allergic reactions. Your provider may prescribe other medications for you to take before and after treatment to reduce your chance of experiencing these side effects.
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