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Common Variable Immunodeficiency Medication

  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
Updated: Jun 02, 2016

Medication Summary

The goals of pharmacotherapy for common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) are to reduce morbidity and prevent complications. Treatment with rapamycin has been suggested, but this therapy awaits proper evaluation.[40] Rituximab has been used to treat associated hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia.[41] Additionally, Lin et al reported on the treatment of CVID-associated cutaneous granuloma using etanercept.[42]



Class Summary

Ig passively supplies recipients with a broad spectrum of IgG antibodies against bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

Immune globulin intravenous (Gamimune, Gammar-P, Sandoglobulin, Gammagard S/D)


Intravenous immune globulin neutralizes circulating myelin antibodies with anti-idiotypic antibodies. It down-regulates proinflammatory cytokines, including interferon-gamma. It blocks Fc receptors on macrophages and blocks the complement cascade. It suppresses inducer T and B cells and augments suppressor T cells. It also promotes remyelination and may increase CSF IgG levels by 10%.

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH Professor and Head of Dermatology, Professor of Pathology, Pediatrics, Medicine, and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Visiting Professor, Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration

Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, New York Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Physicians, Sigma Xi

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.


Rohit M Modak, MD, MBA Staff Physician, Department of Infectious Diseases, Virginia Hospital Center

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Prema Modak, MD Physician, The Eye Center, Inc., Rockville, MD

Prema Modak, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Ophthalmology

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Specialty Editor Board

David F Butler, MD Section Chief of Dermatology, Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System; Professor of Dermatology, Texas A&M University College of Medicine; Founding Chair, Department of Dermatology, Scott and White Clinic

David F Butler, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Medical Association, Alpha Omega Alpha, Association of Military Dermatologists, American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for MOHS Surgery, Phi Beta Kappa

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Jeffrey P Callen, MD Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), Chief, Division of Dermatology, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Jeffrey P Callen, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Physicians, American College of Rheumatology

Disclosure: Received income in an amount equal to or greater than $250 from: XOMA; Biogen/IDEC; Novartis; Janssen Biotech, Abbvie, CSL pharma<br/>Received honoraria from UpToDate for author/editor; Received honoraria from JAMA Dermatology for associate editor and intermittent author; Received royalty from Elsevier for book author/editor; Received dividends from trust accounts, but I do not control these accounts, and have directed our managers to divest pharmaceutical stocks as is fiscally prudent from Stock holdings in various trust accounts include some pharmaceutical companies and device makers for i inherited these trust accounts; for: Celgene; Pfizer; 3M; Johnson and Johnson; Merck; Abbott Laboratories; AbbVie; Procter and Gamble; Amgen.

Chief Editor

Dirk M Elston, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Dirk M Elston, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Takeji Nishikawa, MD Emeritus Professor, Department of Dermatology, Keio University School of Medicine; Director, Samoncho Dermatology Clinic; Managing Director, The Waksman Foundation of Japan Inc

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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