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GAMMAGARD LIQUID (immune globulin intravenous (human) 10%) is contraindicated in patients with known anaphylactic or severe hypersensitivity responses to Immune Globulin (Human).
Patients with severe selective IgA deficiency (IgA < 0.05 g/L) may develop anti-IgA antibodies that can result in a severe anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis can occur using GAMMAGARD LIQUID (immune globulin intravenous (human) 10%) even though it contains low amounts of IgA (average concentration of 37µg/mL). These patients should be treated only if their IgA deficiency is associated with an immune deficiency for which therapy with intravenous immune globulin is clearly indicated. Such patients should only receive intravenous immune globulin with utmost caution and in a setting where supportive care is available for treating life-threatening reactions.
Last reviewed on RxList: 9/9/2008
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