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Cytomegalovirus immune glob intraven.
CMV IMMUNE GLOBULIN - INTRAVENOUS

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

CMV IMMUNE GLOBULIN - INTRAVENOUS

(CMV ih-MYOON GLOB-you-lin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Cytogam

WARNING: Though unlikely to occur, because this product is made from human plasma, it is possible it may contain substances that could cause infections. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop early signs of an infection such as persistent sore throat or fever; or yellowing eyes or skin, or dark urine. Some of these products may also cause kidney problems. Notify your doctor immediately if you notice a change in the amount of urine you discharge.

Uses

This medication contains antibodies which act against the cytomegalovirus (CMV) thus reducing the incidence of CMV disease in persons undergoing kidney transplants.

How To Use

This medication is administered by infusion into a vein by a health care professional. The first dose is given within 3 days of the transplant with additional doses at 2 to 4 week intervals.

Side Effects

Nausea, backache or flushing may occur during the infusion. Muscle stiffness, pain and tenderness may occur at the site of injection. If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience any of these serious side effects: chills, fever, muscle cramps, wheezing, vomiting, dizziness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: previous illnesses, blood disorders, any allergies (including any drug allergies). This medication should be use only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

During the infusion of this medication, you will be monitored closely for any side effects and the dose will be adjusted as necessary. Laboratory tests will be done periodically while using this medication to monitor its effects and prevent side effects.

Missed Dose

It is important that each dose be used as scheduled. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor who will help establish a new dose schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Begin infusion within 6 hours after reconstitution and complete within 12 hours after reconstitution. Check the expiration date on the label and properly discard of any unused medication after that time.