Flow rate is different for each brand of IVIG. I am using Carrimune and the max infusion rate is 165ml. This is titrated up from 50ml. Infusion rate also depends on your body weight. A heavier person will be able to receive at a higher rate than a lighter person. Different brands of IVIG are of different concentrations which affects how quickly you may be infused and the time it takes.
It is true what everyone is saying about premedication and drinking fluids. Things that also need to be considered are the brand of Ig being used and also the weight of the patient. When I was being infused with Gammunex they were able to go up to 355 per hr, with Carrimune only 185 per hour. Also Nurse weighs me before infusion and has formula given by pharmacuetical company as to what infusion rate should be. Occasionaly I do have some reactions like flu symptoms, but lying down and taking nap seems to do the trick for me.
I have the same problem. I just had my infusion on Thursday and was sick as a dog Thursday night with vomiting and a headache. My infusion buddy takes her infusion over two days so she doesn’t get as sick. I take zofran, ibuprofen and benadryl the night before my treatment and then the day of. I was also told I am not drinking enough the day of my treatment. My doctor said I should have close to a gallon (I know I thought I’d be floating away) of water while taking my infusion and then another gallon at home afterwards. It’s supposed to help with the flu-like symptoms after. I am usually sick the day of and the day after treatment and by the next day I am back to “normal”. I’ll try the water thing next time and see what happens. Good luck!