Antivenin Polyvalent

Name: Antivenin Polyvalent

Proper Use of Antivenin Polyvalent

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

Make certain your health care professional knows if you are on any special diet, such as a low-sodium or low-sugar diet.

Geriatric

Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults. Although there is no specific information comparing use of pit viper antivenin in the elderly with use in other age groups, this medicine is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

Make certain your health care professional knows if you are on any special diet, such as a low-sodium or low-sugar diet.

What Is Antivenin Polyvalent?

Crotalidae antivenin is an anti-venom used to treat a person who has been bitten by a poisonous snake such as a rattlesnake or Water Moccasin.

Antivenin (Crotalidae) polyvalent may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

If possible before you receive this medicine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any foods, animals, or other allergens.

In an emergency situation it may not be possible before you are treated to tell your caregivers about your health conditions or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Make sure any doctor caring for you afterward knows that you have received this medication.

If possible before you receive Crotalidae antivenin, tell your doctor if you allergic to any foods, animals, or other allergens. Before treating you with this medicine, your caregivers should know if you are allergic to papaya, papain, pineapples, sheep, horses, dust mites, or latex.

Also tell your doctor if you have:

  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia;
  • cancer;
  • congestive heart failure; or
  • an overactive thyroid.

Crotalidae antivenin is made from the blood or plasma of healthy horses or sheep. Animal blood or plasma may contain viruses and other infectious agents. Blood and plasma are tested and treated to reduce the risk of it containing infectious agents, but there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether Crotalidae antivenin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

In an emergency situation it may not be possible to tell your caregivers if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Make sure any doctor caring for your pregnancy or your baby knows you have received this medicine.

Antivenin Polyvalent Interactions

After a snakebite, you should avoid activities that may increase your risk of bleeding or injury. Use extra care to prevent bleeding while shaving or brushing your teeth.

Other drugs may interact with antivenin (Crotalidae) polyvalent, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

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