- Brand name
- Privigen Solution for intravenous infusion
- Active ingredient
- Immunoglobulin, normal (human)
Consumer medicine information (CMI) leaflet
Please read this leaflet carefully before you start using Privigen Solution for intravenous infusion.Download CMI (PDF) Download large text CMI (PDF)
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet contains answers to some common questions about Privigen®. It does not contain all the available information about Privigen®. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Privigen® against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet.
You may want to read it again.
What Privigen® is used for
Your medicine is Privigen®. Privigen® is a ready-to-use solution for intravenous injection. Privigen® contains human immunoglobulins. Immunoglobulins are also called antibodies and are a type of protein found in the blood. Immunoglobulins are produced by your body's immune system to fight infections caused by bacteria and viruses. If you do not have enough antibodies you may not be able to fight off diseases.
Your doctor may give you Privigen® either for:
- the replacement of antibodies because your antibody levels are low (referred to as immunodeficiency), or
- a condition where there is an imbalance in your immune system requiring treatment with antibodies (referred to as immunomodulation).
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
This medicine is not addictive.
Before you are given Privigen®
Make sure you tell your doctor of any reasons you know of why you should not be given this medicine.
Inform your doctor of your blood group, if known.
You must not be given this medicine if you have:
- a history of allergy to human immunoglobulin products (allergic reactions may include skin rash, face swelling, wheezing or breathing difficulties)
- previously been told you react to any of the ingredients in Privigen® (the ingredients are presented in the last page on this leaflet under the heading Ingredients)
- been told you have antibodies to immunoglobulin A (IgA)
- been told you have too much proline in your blood (hyperprolinaemia).
The safety of Privigen® when used in pregnant women or children less than 4 years of age, has not been studied.
Before you are given this medicine
Tell your doctor if this is your first treatment with this medicine or this type of medicine (a human normal immunoglobulin), or if it has been a long time (several months) since you had your last treatment, or if you have been switched from another human normal immunoglobulin medicine.
Tell your doctor if you have any allergies to any medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have, or have had, any of the following medical conditions:
- a history of heart, or blood vessel disease, or blood clots, have thick blood, have been immobile for some time. Also tell the doctor what medicine you are using as some medicines, such as those that contain the hormone oestrogen (for example, birth control pills), may increase your risk of developing a blood clot.
- kidney problems or kidney disease
- high blood pressure
- low blood volume (hypovolaemia)
- a condition that causes low antibody levels in your blood (IgA deficiency, hypogammaglobulinaemia or agammaglobulinaemia with or without IgA deficiency).
or if you:
- have blood group A, B or AB
- are overweight
- are over 65 years of age
- are taking medicines that can damage your kidneys (nephrotoxic medicines).
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits of taking this medicine if you are, or plan to become pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.
Patients may experience effects, such as dizziness or nausea, during treatment with Privigen® that might affect the ability to drive and use machines. If this happens, you should not drive or use machines until these effects have disappeared.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you obtain without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Vaccinations: Please inform your doctor if you are planning to have a vaccination. Privigen® may impair the effect of some virus vaccines such as measles, mumps, rubella and varicella for a period of at least 6 weeks, and up to 3 months. After receiving this medicine, a period of 3 months should be allowed before vaccination with some virus vaccines. In the case of measles vaccine, this effect may last for up to 1 year, so if you are going to receive a measles vaccine you should have your measles antibody status checked.
Please tell your vaccinating doctor about your treatment with Privigen® before receiving any vaccination.
Blood tests: Please tell your doctor about your treatment with Privigen® prior to any blood test.
Important information about some of the ingredients in Privigen®
When medicines are made from human blood or plasma, processes are used to prevent infections being passed from the blood/plasma donor to the person receiving the medicine. These processes include careful selection of the people who donate blood and plasma to make sure that those who might be carrying infections are excluded. In addition each donation and pools of donations are tested for indicators of virus/virus infection(s).
Manufacturers of these medicines also include steps in the processing of blood or plasma that inactivate or remove viruses. Despite these processes, when medicines are prepared from human blood or plasma, the possibility of passing on an infection cannot be totally ruled out. Unknown or new viruses or other types of infection could also be passed on.
However, the measures taken in the manufacture of this medicine are considered effective for enveloped viruses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus, and for the non-enveloped viruses hepatitis A (HAV) and B19 virus (B19V).
There is reassuring clinical experience regarding the lack of HAV or B19V infections with immunoglobulins. It is assumed that the antibodies which are in the immunoglobulin product make an important contribution to the viral safety.
Please discuss the risks and benefits of this medicine with your doctor.
It is recommended that every time you receive a dose of Privigen® the name and batch number of the product are recorded in order to maintain a record of the batches used.
How to use Privigen®
Privigen® is usually administered by your doctor or health care professional.
Privigen® is intended solely for infusion into a vein (intravenous injection). Your doctor will decide how much Privigen® you will need. The amount depends on your illness, your present condition and your body weight. At the beginning of the infusion you will receive Privigen® at a slow infusion rate. If you tolerate this well your doctor can gradually increase the infusion rate.
While you are having Privigen®
Things you must do
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Privigen®.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking this medicine. It may affect other medicines used during your surgery.
If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.
If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine. Privigen® may interfere with some blood tests. After injection of this medicine you will have high antibody levels in your blood that may change the results of your blood tests.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are being given Privigen®, even if you do not think how you feel is connected with the medicine.
You may need medical attention if you get side effects.
Along with their intended effects, blood products occasionally cause side effects, some of which are serious. Individuals may react differently to similar doses of the same product. This applies to Privigen®. Side effects are more common with the first dose of Privigen®. Most minor side effects are related to the rate of infusion and disappear when the rate is slowed down.
If you are over 65 years of age you may have an increased chance of getting side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following list of possible common side effects, these are usually mild and short lived. You may not experience any of them. If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of these side effects:
- difficulty breathing, tissue swelling and skin rash (allergic reactions)
- pain in a joint (arthralgia)
- fainting, dizziness and light headedness (low blood pressure)
- paleness of skin
- abdominal pain
- moderate back pain.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following serious side effects:
- pain/tenderness, swelling/discolouration of an arm or leg
- weakness, or numbness on one side of the body
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- feeling very tired
- skin becoming yellow
- dark urine
In rare cases this type of medicine may cause a sudden fall in blood pressure or a condition called anaphylactic shock, which is an allergic reaction that has symptoms such as low blood pressure (feeling faint) and difficulty breathing.
Severe headache, neck stiffness, drowsiness, fever, inability to stand bright light or painful eye movements may occasionally occur after receiving this medicine.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms at any time.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people. For a full list and explanation of the possible side effects associated with Privigen® please ask your doctor.
After having Privigen®
You will be given this medicine in hospital. You will probably not need to keep any bottles of Privigen® at home. However, if you have to keep this medicine at home:
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
Store this medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C. Do not store this medicine or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a windowsill or in the car. Do not freeze. Do not shake the bottles. Protect this medicine from light by keeping the bottles in their cartons.
If your doctor stops your treatment or this medicine has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that is left over.
What it looks like
Privigen® is a clear or pale yellow liquid. It is supplied in glass bottles.
Privigen® contains immunoglobulins which are antibodies, a type of protein found in the blood. The concentration of immunoglobulin is 10% or 100 g/L. This medicine contains proline and water. This medicine does not contain any preservatives.
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Date of most recent amendment
Australian Register Numbers:
5 g in a 50 mL solution: AUST R 143273
10 g in a 100 mL solution: AUST R 143337
20 g in a 200 mL solution: AUST R 143368
40 g in a 400 mL solution: AUST R 219160
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