Reply To: Cold/Virus before IVIG
Roz1, IVIg Side Effects?
It is fairly common for patients to experience headache (which can be mild to severe), stiff neck, fever, and symptoms of a low grade cold during or shortly after an infusion. Patients may often feel fatigued or flu type symptoms for a day or two after their infusion too. This is called aseptic meningitis syndrome (AMS). These symptoms are manageable and can be minimized or prevented by infusing IVIg very slowly.
If the dosage of IVIg may be hard for your husband to tolerate, ask your doctor to have it reduced or consider SCIg as an alternative treatment. SCIg does what IVIg does treatment-wise with less possibility of AMS.