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Last reviewed on RxList: 7/2/2018
Prolastin Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 7/2/2018

Prolastin (Alpha1-Proteinase Inhibitor [Human]) is a protein used to treat alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency which can lead to emphysema (damage to the air sacs in the lungs). Common side effects of Prolastin include:

  • pain at the injection site
  • fever
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • numb/tingling skin
  • muscle aches or pain
  • nausea
  • bloating
  • tiredness
  • back pain
  • joint pain
  • swelling in your hands or feet
  • flushing (warmth redness or tingly feeling)
  • cold symptoms (stuffy nose sneezing sore throat cough) or
  •  itching.

The recommended dosage of Prolastin is 60 mg/kg body weight administered intravenously once weekly. Other drugs may interact with Prolastin. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Prolastin should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Prolastin (Alpha1-Proteinase Inhibitor [Human]) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


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Prolastin Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; wheezing, difficulty breathing; feeling like you might pass out; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using alpha 1-proteinase inhibitor and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • pain or burning when you urinate;
  • wheezing, chest pain or tightness, trouble breathing; or
  • vision changes.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea, bloating;
  • headache, dizziness, drowsiness;
  • feeling tired;
  • back pain, joint or muscle pain;
  • swelling in your hands or feet;
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough; or
  • mild itching.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Prolastin (Alpha)


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Prolastin Professional Information


Therapeutic administration of Alpha1-Proteinase Inhibitor (Human), Prolastin (alpha) , 60 mg/kg weekly, has been demonstrated to be well tolerated. In clinical studies, six reactions were observed with 517 infusions of Prolastin (alpha) , or 1.16%. None of the reactions was severe.18 The adverse reactions reported included delayed fever (maximum temperature rise was 38.9°C, resolving spontaneously over 24 hours) occurring up to 12 hours following treatment (0.77%), light-headedness (0.19%), and dizziness (0.19%).18 Mild transient leukocytosis and dilutional anemia several hours after infusion have also been noted.18 Since market entry, occasional reports of other flu-like symptoms, allergic-like reactions, chills, dyspnea, rash, tachycardia, and, rarely, hypotension have also been received. Rare cases of transient increase in blood pressure or hypertension and chest pain have also been reported.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Prolastin (Alpha)

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© Prolastin Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Prolastin Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.


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