Hizentra is a subcutaneous immunoglobulin, or SCIg, which means it is infused in the fatty layer located just under the skin, and NOT in a vein.
You can use up to 8 infusion sites at the same time. In clinical trials, most patients used 4 or fewer infusion sites. If you are using more than one infusion site, be sure the infusion sites are at least 2 inches apart. Use a different site from the last time you infused. New sites should be at least 1 inch from a previous site.
Recommended infusion sites include the stomach, thighs, upper arms, and hips. Your healthcare professional will teach you how to properly administer Hizentra.
The needle used for Hizentra infusions is relatively small. Depending on your size and weight, your doctor will recommend the appropriate supplies.
Before you can infuse Hizentra yourself, it is important that you receive proper training from your healthcare professional. There are also several resources available here to help you and your doctor make sure you're comfortable with the self-infusion process. Download the self-administration guide PDF to review the step-by-step instructions on preparation, proper infusion techniques, and administration.
Remember that your doctor, nurse, and specialty pharmacist are excellent sources of information when you have questions. Make sure to keep their numbers handy. CSL Behring also provides a number of resources through IgIQ to help you: just call 1-877-355-IGIQ (4447).