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Albumin (Human) (By injection)

Albumin Human (al-BUE-min HUE-man)

Treats low blood volume and low albumin levels in the blood. Also used during cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. Flexbumin® 25% is also used to treat hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN).

Brand Name(s):

Albuked 25, Albuked 5, Albuminar-25, Albuminar-5, Albuminex 25%, Albuminex 5%, Alburx, Albutein, Flexbumin, Human Albumin Grifols, Kedbumin, Plasbumin-25, Plasbumin-5

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to albumin, N-acetyltryptophan, or sodium caprylate, or if you have severe anemia or heart failure with a normal or increased blood volume.

How to Use This Medicine:

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, heart failure, anemia, high blood pressure, esophagus problems, fluid in the lungs, or bleeding problems.
  • This medicine may increased the risk of heart or lung failure, kidney failure, or increased pressure in the head (intracranial pressure).
  • This medicine is made from donated human blood. All donated blood is tested for certain viruses. Although your risk for getting a virus from the medicine is very low, talk with your doctor if you have concerns.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blurred vision, cough, rapid or troubled breathing, chest pain or tightness, cold sweat, bluish-colored skin, bulging vein in the neck (jugular)
  • Decreased frequency or amount of urine, dark or bloody urine, lower back or side pain
  • Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat
  • Headache, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, weakness, diarrhea, stomach pain, yellow eyes or skin
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • Pinpoint red or purple spots under the skin
  • Rapid weight gain, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 8/28/2020

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