Highlights for immune-globulin
immune-globulin Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- chest pain or tightness
- fever, chills
- headache with nausea, vomiting
- neck pain or difficulty moving neck
- pain when moving eyes
- pain, swelling, warmth in the leg
- problems with balance, talking, walking
- sudden weight gain
- swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dizzy, drowsy
- increased sweating
- leg cramps
- muscle aches and pains
- pain at site where injected
immune-globulin May Interact with Other Medications
- aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
- medicines for infection like acyclovir, adefovir, amphotericin B, bacitracin, cidofovir, foscarnet, ganciclovir, gentamicin, pentamidine, vancomycin
- NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
- zoledronic acid
How to Use immune-globulin
This medicine is for injection into a muscle or infusion into a vein or skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
In rare cases, some brands of this medicine might be given at home. You will be taught how to give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
extremely low or no immune antibodies in the blood
history of blood clots
infection in the blood, sepsis
taking medicine that may change kidney function - ask your health care provider about your medicine
an unusual or allergic reaction to human immune globulin, albumin, maltose, sucrose, polysorbate 80, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment. If you give yourself the medicine and you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
This medicine is made from pooled blood donations of many different people. It may be possible to pass an infection in this medicine. However, the donors are screened for infections and all products are tested for HIV and hepatitis. The medicine is treated to kill most or all bacteria and viruses. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medicine.
Do not have vaccinations for at least 14 days before, or until at least 3 months after receiving this medicine.
Keep out of the reach of children.
This drug is usually given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
In rare cases, some brands of this medicine may be given at home. If you are using this medicine at home, you will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.
Last Updated: March 10, 2010