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Can IVIG treatment increase risk of infections?

Intravenous Immunoglobulins (IVIG) are often used to treat patients with impaired antibody production or autoimmune conditions[1]. However, according to this paper[2], it can also inhibit antibody ...
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Transplant in combination with stem cell transplant

I was wondering, if you transplant a kidney from person A to person B and combine it with a stem cell transplant, would you then need no/less immunosuppressive drugs? Since you would have an antibody ...
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Why are anti-rejection drugs necessary in organ transplant? [closed]

A key step of the organ transplant process is matching, where blood type, leukocyte antigens, crossmatch antibodies, etc. are checked to ensure compatibility. If these tests pass, and the organ is ...
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Is a patient who has an autoimmune disease immunocompromised?

If a patient has an autoimmune disease - Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, for example - and is not on immunosuppressants, are they at a higher, lower or equal risk of ending up with COVID-19 (or any other ...
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Will taking antihistamines increase someone's risk of getting ill? [closed]

If people take antihistamines, I suppose their immune system becomes suppressed (it needs histamines to work properly). If their immune system becomes suppressed, their body will react suboptimal to ...
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Can we slow the advancement of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) with immunosuppressants?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints (Wikipedia, n.d.). If the general cause is over activity of inflammatory cytokines (Nalbant & Birlik, ...
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Is Pentasa an immunosuppressive drug?

Is Pentasa an immunosuppresive drug? I want to know because my brother has been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.
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When is PCP prophylaxis necessary in non-HIV patients?

Pneumocystis jiroveci, the cause of Pneumocystis pneumonia, was mainly a disease that was associated with HIV. However, immunosuppression as a result of the treatment of various inflammatory ...
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How does interferon beta 1-A help patients with multiple sclerosis?

I know that azathioprine weakens the immune system by reducing white blood cell count. I've read that interferons boost the immune system against viruses. They seem to have different functions, but ...
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How does donepezil impact the immune system?

Is it immunosuppressive? If so, to what extent? What are the mechanisms for this effect?
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Immune system & methylphenidate?

How and to what extent does methylphenidate impact immune system function? How does its impact compare to that of amphetamines?
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How does immunosuppressant affect immune system?

I'm talking Immuran (azathioprine) and I would like to know what it does to immune system exactly. I'm not a doctor but I'm asking here just to learn. Does it kill all white cells? Does it reduce the ...