Albumin human

Name: Albumin human

What is the most important information I should know about albumin?

You should not receive albumin if you have severe anemia (lack of red blood cells), or severe heart failure.

Albumin side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; cough, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your caregiver right away if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • weak or shallow breathing;

  • throbbing headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears;

  • anxiety, confusion, sweating, pale skin; or

  • severe shortness of breath, wheezing, gasping for breath, cough with foamy mucus, chest pain, and fast or uneven heart rate.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting;

  • fever, chills;

  • fast heart rate;

  • mild rash; or

  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Albumin (Human) 20% is supplied in

  • 10 g in 50 mL infusion bottle
  • 20 g in 100 mL infusion bottle

Do not use in individuals who are hypersensitive to albumin preparations, any ingredient in the formulation, or components of the container.

Adverse Reactions


The most serious events are anaphylactic shock, circulatory failure, cardiac failure, and pulmonary edema.

The most common adverse events are anaphylactoid type of reactions.

Adverse reactions for Albumin (Human) 20% normally resolve when the infusion rate is slowed down or the infusion is stopped. In case of severe reactions, the infusion should be stopped and appropriate treatment should be initiated.

Clinical Studies Experience

No clinical studies were done using Albumin (Human) 20%

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of Albumin (Human) (any strength). Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency.

Table 1 Adverse reactions observed for ALBUMIN HUMAN (any strength) during post-marketing phase (in decreasing order of severity)

Observed Adverse Reactions

anaphylactic shock

cardiac failure

loss of consciousness

circulatory failure


congestive heart failure

pulmonary edema








angioneurotic edema

rash erythematous

confusional state








No drug interaction studies have been conducted.


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How Supplied/Storage and Handling

Albumin (Human) 20% is supplied in 10 g in 50 mL or 20 g in 100 mL single use bottles.

NDC Number NDC Number Size Grams protein

Octapharma Pharmazeutika Produktionsges.m.b.H

Octapharma AB



50 ml




100 ml


Albumin (Human) 20% may be stored for 36 months at +2°C to + 25°C (36°F to 77°F) from the date of manufacture.

Store protected from light.

Do not freeze.

Do not use after expiration date.

Do not use if turbid.


Albumin (Human) 25%, USP (Plasbumin-25) is made from pooled human venous plasma using the Cohn cold ethanol fractionation process. Part of the fractionation may be performed by another licensed manufacturer. It is prepared in accordance with the applicable requirements established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Plasbumin-25 is a 25% sterile solution of albumin in an aqueous diluent. The preparation is stabilized with 0.02 M sodium caprylate and 0.02 M acetyltryptophan. The approximate sodium content of the product is 145 mEq/L. It contains no preservative. Plasbumin-25 must be administered intravenously.

Each vial of Plasbumin-25 is heat-treated at 60°C for 10 hours against the possibility of transmitting the hepatitis viruses.

Clinical Pharmacology

Each 20 mL vial of Plasbumin-25 supplies the oncotic equivalent of approximately 100 mL citrated plasma; 50 mL supplies the oncotic equivalent of approximately 250 mL citrated plasma.

When administered intravenously to an adequately hydrated subject, the oncotic (colloid osmotic) effect of 20 mL Plasbumin-25 is such that it will draw approximately a further 70 mL of fluid from the extravascular tissues into the circulation within 15 minutes, 1 thus increasing the total blood volume and reducing both hemoconcentration and whole blood viscosity. Accordingly, the main clinical indications are for hypoproteinemic states involving reduced oncotic pressure, with or without accompanying edema. 2 Plasbumin-25 can also be used as a plasma volume expander.

Albumin is a transport protein and it may be useful in severe hemolytic disease in the neonate who is awaiting exchange transfusion. The infused albumin may reduce the level of free bilirubin in the blood. 3

This could also be of importance in acute liver failure where albumin might serve the dual role of supporting plasma oncotic pressure, as well as binding excessive plasma bilirubin. 2