IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

ALPHA-1-PROTEINASE INHIBITOR - INJECTION

(AL-fa 1 PRO-tee-naze inhibitor)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Prolastin

USES: This medication is used in people that lack alpha-1- antitrypsin and have developed panacinar emphysema.

HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein usually once a week.

SIDE EFFECTS: Lightheadedness, dizziness and a slight fever have been reported as a result of this medication. If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions: illnesses, any allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication is found in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

NOTES: This medication is prepared from donor plasma. It is tested and heat-treated to prevent spread of infectious agents. Although there are no cases of hepatitis occurring in patients treated with this medication, there is a slight risk. It is recommended that a hepatitis B vaccine be received before using this medication.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 to 8 degrees C), or at a temperature not to exceed 77 degrees F (25 C). Do not freeze. Do not refrigerate after mixing. Discard unused solution after 3 hours.

MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).

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