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Berinert for Angioedema Storage

Berinert® (C1 esterase inhibitor) is a prescription medicine prescribed to treat sudden attacks of a medical condition called hereditary angioedema (HAE). This rare genetic disease causes the veins to leak fluid, which results in swelling of various parts of the body, such as the face, abdomen (stomach area), and larynx (voice box or throat).
Berinert comes as a powder that is dissolved in Sterile Water for Injection to form a liquid. It is given as an injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection).
Storage guidelines call for Berinert to be stored refrigerated or at room temperature. Before using it for an angioedema attack, Berinert must be dissolved in Sterile Water for Injection before use. Once prepared, the drug must be used within eight hours. If you do not use the prepared dose within eight hours of mixing, throw it away. Also, discard any unused medicine remaining in the vial after each dose, as the vials do not contain preservatives.
(To learn more about storage methods for this angioedema medicine, click Berinert. This resource contains a full-length overview of this medication, including dosing instructions, details on how it works, safety precautions, and more.)
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