Reply To: IVIG Side effects

August 9, 2018 at 7:19 pm

IVIg Side Effects: It is fairly common for patients to experience headache (which can be mild to severe), stiff neck, and fever during or shortly after an infusion. Patients may often feel fatigued or flu type symptoms for a day or two after their infusion as well. These symptoms are usually related to aseptic meningitis syndrome (AMS). AMS symptoms are manageable and can be minimized or prevented by infusing IVIg very slowly. More AMS info here:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3296420

Those continuing to experience side effects from IVIg should look into switching to SCIg. SCIg is more concentrated, but subcutaneous infusions are absorbed into the body very slowly, making side effects much less. The following link will take you to other links where you can learn about SCIg:

Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin (SCig)