Plasbumin

Generic Name: albumin (human) (al-BYOO-min)
Brand Name: Examples include Albutein and Plasbumin

Plasbumin is used for:

Treating a variety of conditions, including shock due to blood loss in the body, burns, low protein levels due to surgery or liver failure, and as an additional medicine in bypass surgery. It may be used for certain conditions as determined by your doctor.

Plasbumin is a concentrate of plasma proteins from human blood. It works by increasing plasma volume or serum albumin levels.

Do NOT use Plasbumin if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Plasbumin
  • you have or have ever had heart failure, kidney failure or stable chronic anemia, or you are at risk for fluid overload

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Plasbumin:

Some medical conditions may interact with Plasbumin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Plasbumin. However, no specific interactions with Plasbumin are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Plasbumin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Plasbumin:

Use Plasbumin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Plasbumin is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using Plasbumin at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If Plasbumin contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Use Plasbumin with the administration set that came with it. Be sure the filter is used. After opening, administration must be started within 4 hours. Discard any bottles that have been open for more than 4 hours. Do not save partially used bottles for later use.
  • Do not infuse Plasbumin faster than the rate specified by your doctor.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Plasbumin, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once. If more than one dose is missed, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Plasbumin.

Important safety information:

  • Plasbumin is made from human plasma. Products made from human plasma may contain infectious agents, such as viruses, that can cause diseases. Symptoms of some viral infections, especially hepatitis C, may occur in patients who receive plasma products or blood infusions. Notify your health care provider immediately if you think an infection has been transmitted by this product.
  • LAB TESTS, including blood pressure, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Plasbumin during pregnancy. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Plasbumin, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Plasbumin:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with Plasbumin. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); change in heart rate or breathing; chills; confusion; excess saliva; fainting; fever; headache; nausea; vomiting; weakness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Plasbumin:

Store Plasbumin at room temperature at or below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Discard unused portion. Do not use after the expiration date. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Plasbumin out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Plasbumin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Plasbumin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Plasbumin or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Plasbumin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Plasbumin. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Plasbumin.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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