Funnel Web Spider Envenomation Medication

Updated: Dec 13, 2016
  • Author: Joe Alcock, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

Pharmacologic therapy is indicated for patients with severe envenomations.

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Antivenin

Class Summary

This agent neutralizes the toxins from the spider bite.

Funnel-web spider antivenom

This is freeze-dried IgG prepared from rabbit serum, reconstituted with water for injection, and dispensed in bottles of 125 Units. It should be administered only where appropriate resuscitation facilities are immediately available. Antivenin may not be commercially available at most pharmacies.

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Anticholinergic Agent

Class Summary

These agents are indicated when symptoms of salivation and copious airway secretions compromise a victim's ability to breathe.

Atropine IV/IM

Atropine is used for the relief of excessive airway secretions.

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