IVIG (Intravenous immunoglobulin)
Due to complications that often arise from in-home infusion and subsequent nursing issues, and to improve patient outcome of signs or symptoms post infusion, Dr. Frid offers IVIg treatment in her office only under her supervision.
We keep our warehouse fully stocked. Even in the midst of Ig shortage, our extensive relationships with manufacturers and distributors means patients always have access to the Ig they need.
We work with the patient’s insurance to coordinate orders and prior authorizations. Our patient care coordinators remove these responsibilities from the patient so they’re free to focus on their treatment.
Specialized Infusion Nurses
Our elite team of infusion nurses each hold a CRNI Certification and have at least 5 years of clinical experience. Nurses stay with the patient throughout the entire duration of IV infusion therapy.
Our safety protocol
Our nurses wear masks, gloves, and gowns, and patients receive medical masks for each day of infusion. Infusion pumps sterilized before and after each use and staff temperatures are screened before and during shifts.
In Office treatment
Following social distancing efforts and avoiding hospitals and infusion centers where others may be sick, we provide each patient with there own individual room to continue treatment without risking health and safety.
We provide a warm and fun environment for both kids and adults. Our office is equipped with Prime, Netflix, Youtube, fast speed internet, and other entertainment gadgets.
What is Ig?
Immune globulin is a sterilized solution made from healthy blood plasma used to treat patients with decreased or abolished antibody production capabilities.
Why is Ig used?
In patients who have a decreased immune system, immune globulin (IG) can be used to provide the antibodies they need to ward off infection. In patients with autoimmune diseases, immune globulin can help regulate an overactive immune system by slowing it down or stopping processes causing inflammatory reactions.
What are the indications?
B-Cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
Primary Humoral Immunodeficiency
Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
Multifocal Motor Neuropathy
Small Fiber Neuropathy
Who Can Get It?
Both children and adults can have this therapy.
How Does It Work?
Immunoglobulin is part of your blood’s plasma. It has antibodies in it to fight germs or disease. When people donate blood, this part can be separated out. Then it can be given to you through a vein in your arm, or IV. If you get IVIg, it can help strengthen your immune system so you can fight infections and stay healthy.
Liquid immunoglobulin is taken from the blood plasma of donors who are screened to make sure they are healthy. The plasma is tested for serious infections like hepatitis and AIDS. The plasma is purified before it's used for IVIg therapy.
During the therapy, prepared immunoglobulin is infused into your veins. Then the medicine can flow from a bag through a tube into your arm. This takes about 5 to 9 hours.
Typically you'll have treatments every 3 to 4 weeks to keep your immune system strong. Your blood may break down about half of the immunoglobulin over that period, so you'll need another dose to keep fighting infections. During the infusion, the nursing staff will carefully observe you or your child for any side-effects.
What Are the Possible Reaction / Side Effect?
Most people tolerate IVIg well but some patients have reactions to IVIG. Most reactions or problems occur during the infusion. Sometimes, patients may have a problem later on, within the first three days.
Signs or symptoms that may occur during the infusion and up to 3 days after include:
fever less than 101°F,
hives or rash,
nausea and/or vomiting,
muscle and joint pain, and
fatigue (more tired than usual).
There is a small chance that you or your child will have a severe allergic
reaction to IVIG. If that happens the IVIG is stopped. Medications to treat
allergic reactions are given immediately.
To minimize and improve patient outcome of signs or symptoms post infusion, Dr. Frid offers IVIg treatment in her office only under her supervision.
What products do you use?
We use a number of products, but primarily we use Gamunex-C, Gammaked, and Privigen.