Patients should be sure to receive flu and pneumonia vaccinations.
Patients who have experienced serious recurrent infections may receive an intravenous antibody treatment (immunoglobulin IgG).
Patients who are taking high-dose dexamethasone may be prescribed antifungal medications.
Patients who are taking Velcade may be prescribed preventative herpes medications as Velcade may increase patient’s susceptibility to herpes.
Patients who have low numbers of white blood cells, as a result of their disease or treatment (e.g., high dose chemotherapy or IMiDs), may receive medications called colony stimulating factors (Neupogen, Neulasta, or Leukine) to stimulate the production of infection-fighting white blood cells.
Antibiotics or antifungal medications may be used to treat infections as needed.