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ANTI-THYMOCYTE IMMUNE GLOBULIN (an tee THI mo cite im MUNE GLOB yoo lin) weakens the body's immune system. This medicine is used to treat kidney transplant rejection.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
infection, especially viral infections
an unusual or allergic reaction to antithymocyte globulin, rabbits, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This drug is given as an infusion into a vein. It is administered in a hospital or clinic by a specially trained health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
This does not apply.
other medicine for immune system problems
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. Visit your doctor for regular checks on your progress even after you complete your therapy.
Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. This drug decreases your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid being around people who are sick. Talk to your doctor before you get any vaccines.
Avoid taking products that contain aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen unless instructed by your doctor. These medicines may hide a fever.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
back or chest pain
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
fever or chills, infection
mouth or throat sores or ulcers
pain at site where injected
pinpoint red spots on your skin
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
aches and pains
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
ANTI-THYMOCYTE IMMUNE GLOBULIN (an tee THI mo cite im MUNE GLOB yoo lin) weakens the body's immune system. This medicine is used to prevent and to treat kidney transplant rejection. It is also used to treat aplastic anemia.
an unusual or allergic reaction to antithymocyte globulin, horses, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
Before your first dose of this medicine you need a skin test to check if you are allergic to this medicine.