Immunoglobulins are proteins in the blood which help to fight infection. These proteins, called antibodies, can be lacking as a result of primary deficiency when the body cannot produce enough of the proteins on its own or because of depletion by some diseases. Immunoglobulin therapy helps to replace some of these proteins and assist the body in fighting infection. Some common terms for immunoglobin therapy are IgG and IVIG or IGIV. Immune Globulin can be administered in the doctor's office or in the home. Because this is such an expensive therapy, not all insurances will cover this therapy at home. IVIG is administered intravenously in cycles with several weeks in between treatments. A MediLink nurse will insert the IV line needed to administer the drug and will stay with you throughout the infusion to monitor your response. Some common side effects such as fever, chills and flu like symptoms can be easily managed with fluids and, if need be, medications given prior to the infusion. When your physician orders this therapy for you, MediLink Homecare intake specialists will contact your insurance company for authorization, our pharmacists will coordinate the appropriate type, dose, and rate with your physician and our nurses will administer and monitor your infusion.
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