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Re: IVIG and Sjogren's??
« Reply #45 on: November 15, 2010, 05:51:17 PM »
After having Sjogren's diagnosed for 6 yrs, I developed hypogammaglobuilinemia and low IgG- thus CVID.  I started on the IVIG- gammaguard  in march 2010 and had worse reactions with each infusion: fevers, headaches, then also developed higher fevers and nausea with infusions, and red streaks on my arm for days.  I stopped the monthly IV infusions and switched to weekly subQ infusions, I am now taking hizentra.  It works great.  I was really afraid of it at first.  A visiting nurse teaches you and you eventually do it on your own.  I have not had any abnormal reactions with the sub Q.  Some do not even premedicate with benedryl, I do premedicate with 25mg orally, but it is nothing like the dryness I had with IV benedryl premedicating with the IVIgG.  Hope this helps.


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Re: IVIG and Sjogren's??
« Reply #46 on: November 16, 2010, 03:54:17 AM »
Hello Bark, welcome to Sjogren's World. Thanks for sharing your experience with SubQ IG. It seems we had a question about it a while ago, maybe if you use the search feature at the upper left, you can find the thread and the members who were curious about it.

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Re: IVIG and Sjogren's??
« Reply #47 on: November 16, 2010, 04:07:17 AM »

Glad you wrote in. I had a few gammagard IVIG infusions, and like you, had worse reactions everytime I got them. Did you have the powder or Liquid?
I was supposed to have one last weekend because my doc said that the powder would be better for me, but I chickend out and Im glad I did.
Going to research this more...

52 years old.Primary SS, Lupus, Raynauds, POTS, Hormone issues from Hyster-menopause, systemic candida,osteoporosis,Gastroparesis, chronic neuropathy, migraines, sinus/dental issues. selective immune def/low t-cells.
Prednisone & medrol , plaquenil, diflucan, bio-estrogen creams,many supplements


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Re: IVIG and Sjogren's??
« Reply #48 on: November 16, 2010, 05:27:46 AM »
I think the IVIG solution must be a personal fit.  I use Gammagard 10% and do fine....maybe ask to try other kinds.   I would not mind trying the 'new' one that is out.

Streaks on your arms is pretty odd.....makes me wonder if they caused an infection when doing the IV.

I had one fairly mild 'allergic' reaction, which was kind of scarey.  I had a few headaches which landed me in the ER (full blown migraine like things.)  Other than that, so far so good....

It is not an easy decision.

I did not have any miraculous type cure.  I can feel areas that at one time were far more numb, but the response to IVIG can take a long, long time and be less than impressive in neuropathy.  In MG, it is usually very quick, but in PN it takes a long time from what I read.

Sometimes progress is not getting worse.


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Re: IVIG and Sjogren's??
« Reply #49 on: November 16, 2010, 01:38:35 PM »
I just wanted to mention something that I learned in the past couple of months. One day I didn't take my zoloft in the morning prior to my IVIG and IV benedryl. I did not fall asleep that day. Makes me wonder if some of you with the bad dryness issues are on a med that might be a bad mix with the benedryl. Might need to do a lot of research to figure that one out. I just lucked onto this and know not to take it anymore. IRish