antivenom (Centruroides scorpion)
What is the most important information I should know about this antivenom?
If you receive this antivenom during an emergency, make sure any follow-up doctor knows you received this medicine.
What is this antivenom (Centruroides scorpion)?
Centruroides scorpion antivenom is used to treat a person who has been stung by a scorpion.
Antivenom (Centruroides scorpion) may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking this antivenom?
If possible during an emergency, tell your medical caregivers if you are allergic to horses, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Centruroides scorpion antivenom is made from horse plasma and may contain viruses or other infectious agents. Donated plasma is tested and treated to reduce the risk of contamination, but there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. Ask your doctor about any possible risk.
Make sure any follow-up doctor knows you received this medicine.
How is this antivenom given?
You should receive Centruroides scorpion antivenom as soon as possible after you first have symptoms of a scorpion sting (such as slurred speech, increased salivation, vomiting, feeling short of breath, abnormal eye movements, or loss of muscle control).
Centruroides scorpion antivenom is injected into a vein by a healthcare provider.
This antivenom must be given over 10 minutes.
You will be watched for up to 60 minutes to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction.
You may need to additional doses every 30 to 60 minutes.
Your doctor will need to check your progress at a follow-up visit.
What should I avoid after receiving this antivenom?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
What are the possible side effects of this antivenom?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a fever, swollen glands, muscle pain, joint pain (which may occur up to 2 weeks after the injection is given).
Common side effects may include:
- nausea, vomiting;
- rash, itching; or
- muscle pain where the medicine was injected.
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.
What other drugs will affect this antivenom?
Other drugs may affect Centruroides scorpion antivenom, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about antivenom (Centruroides scorpion).
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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