Immunoglobulin (IG) is a mixture of blood proteins called antibodies that are made by the immune system. Antibodies are formed when the immune system comes into contact with foreign substances that cause infections, such as viruses or bacteria. These antibodies protect us from infection. Immunoglobulins can be extracted from donor blood and are used to treat a number of medical conditions. It is usually given to patients as an intravenous infusion (IVIG), but can also be administered subcutaneously (SQIG) for certain patients. In immune deficient patients, immune globulin (IG) is administered to maintain adequate antibody levels to prevent or reduce the severity of infections in patients with weak immune systems.
Some conditions commonly treated with IVIG include:
- Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)
- Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
- Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS)
- X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) (congenital agammaglobulinemia)
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
Please speak to your doctor to see if IVIG is right for you.
Please feel free to contact Kings Pharmacy for additional information regarding IVIG therapy. Our dedicated staff is here to answer your questions and provide support to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can also visit the following links for additional resources and information on IVIG therapy and some of the conditions commonly treated with IVIG: