Could I have an allergic reaction to albumin?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Albumin is a product that is given intravenously (through a needle into a vein) primarily to prevent or treat low blood volume. It is possible to be allergic or have a sensitivity to albumin. Some patients have had such sudden and severe reactions they have gone into anaphylactic shock. It is a good idea to have epinephrine on hand when albumin is administered. If you suspect you may be allergic to the medication, talk with your doctor or healthcare provider.

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as troubling breathing, chest tightness, itching or hives, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, or swelling in your face or hands.

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