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BAT is a medicine used to treat botulism (a muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a certain toxin). BAT is administered intravenously (into your vein).
How does this medication work?
BAT is made from the plasma (the liquid portion of blood) of horses. It contains antibody fragments that can neutralize (to make ineffective or harmless) botulism toxins.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: BAT may make the illness from botulism less severe and may decrease the duration and extent of paralysis.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions.
How do I know it is working?
You may notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: fever, rash, chills, nausea, swelling.
Less common side effects may include:
Allergic reactions, with symptoms such as hives, itching, redness, wheezing, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, or swelling of your face or throat.
Infusion reactions, with symptoms such as chills, fever, headaches, nausea, or vomiting.
BAT may also cause delayed allergic reactions (such as fever, rash, or muscle or joint pain), and may interfere with certain types of blood glucose monitoring systems.
Your healthcare provider will not administer BAT to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with BAT. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have a known history of allergies to horses or horse blood products, asthma, or seasonal allergies.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child.
Your healthcare provider will administer BAT for you.
BAT is prepared from horse plasma. The horses are carefully screened, but there may still be a small risk that the medicine may give you a virus. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any symptoms that concern you.
Do not miss any scheduled follow-up appointments.
No significant interactions have been reported with BAT at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of BAT during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
BAT should be given under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider for advice.
Your healthcare provider will store this medication for you.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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