Albumin injection

What is albumin injection?
ALBUMIN (Albuminarreg;) treats or prevents shock, following serious injury, bleeding, surgery, or burns, by increasing the volume of blood plasma. Albumin can also replace low blood protein. Generic albumin injections are available.

What should my health care professional know before I receive albumin?
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • anemia
  • heart or kidney disease
  • high blood pressure
  • high level of sodium in the blood
  • severe burns
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to albumin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?
Albumin is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health-care professional in a hospital or clinic.

What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.

What drug(s) may interact with albumin?
There have been no interactions recorded between albumin and other medicines.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from receiving albumin?
Side effects from albumin are rare; they include:

  • changes in heartbeat
  • fever, chills
  • increased salivation
  • joint pains
  • nausea, vomiting
  • pain at the injection site
  • skin rash, itching (hives)
  • stuffy nose
  • tightness in the chest, wheezing
  • unusual swelling

What should I watch for while taking albumin?
Your condition will be closely monitored while you receive albumin.

Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F); do not freeze bottles. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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Revision date: July 8, 2011
Last revised: by Andrew G. Epstein, M.D.

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