Reply To: Gammagard IVIG side effects

October 25, 2018 at 4:22 pm

Hi Bryan,

If there is something about the Ig that you are allergic to, or makes you ill in some way, you could switch to the other treatment method of Plasma Exchange. But we can’t switch back and forth between PE and IVIg, they will cancel each other out. It would make more sense to do PE for maybe a week, rest several days, then follow with IVIg for a week. Insurance companies have different policies regarding justification for PE, although much of that is the same as for Ig products.

The other thing to consider is that maybe there is something in Gammagard that you don’t tolerate well. Maybe switching to another brand would make it more tolerable. Check with your doctor about that. Here is a comparison of the major brands:
http://primaryimmune.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IVIG-Chart-2.2017.pdf