Snake Venom Antiserum

Description

Snake Venom Antiserum is an equine-derived antiserum used for the treatment of envenomation due to snake bites by venomous snakes such as krait, cobra, viper, etc. It is recommended to perform a skin sensitivity test in every patient before administering this antiserum due to the risk of allergic reactions.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Snake Venom Antiserum

  • Skin rash, hives, or itching
  • Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Fever or chills
  • Low blood pressure

Uses of Snake Venom Antiserum

What is it prescribed for?

  • Snake envenomation
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time taken by this medicine to show its effect is subject to vary based on the individuals.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains effective is subject to vary based on the individuals.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were not reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to any horse proteins.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
General warnings

Skin sensitivity test

It is recommended to perform a skin sensitivity test in every patient before administering this antiserum due to the risk of allergic reactions.

Severe allergic reactions

Severe allergic reactions or hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylactic shock, low blood pressure, breathing difficulties, urticaria (skin rash), etc. may occur with this medicine, specifically contraindicated in patients with a previous history of allergy to any horse proteins and/or immunoglobulins. If symptoms of allergic reactions occur, discontinue immediately and initiate appropriate treatment.

Missed Dose

Since this medicine is usually administered by a qualified healthcare professional in the clinical/hospital setting, the likelihood of a missed dose is very low.

Overdose

Since this medicine is administered in the hospital setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of an overdose is very less. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by the doctor if an overdose is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Asthma

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with asthma due to the risk of severe adverse effects. Appropriate corrective measures should be taken based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine is usually administered in the clinical/hospital setting under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional. Inform the doctor if the patient has a known allergy to this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine neutralizes the snake venom and is then excreted from the body.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Immunoglobulins, Antivenom

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.bharatserums.com/product/emergency/SVAS%20IP%20(Liquid)%20Pack%20Insert%20for%20Domestic.pdf

Snake Venom Antiserum | VINS BioProducts Limited [Internet]. Vinsbio.in. 2018 [cited 21 December 2018]. Available from:

https://vinsbio.in/antisnake/

[Internet]. Toxinfo.org. 2018 [cited 21 December 2018]. Available from:

http://www.toxinfo.org/antivenoms/resources/antivenom_india-biologicale-snakeantiveninip_2011-07-28.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 26 Aug 2019

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