Immune Globulin Injection
What is this medicine?
IMMUNE GLOBULIN (im MUNE GLOB yoo lin) helps to prevent or reduce the severity of certain infections in patients who are at risk. This medicine is collected from the pooled blood of many donors. It is used to treat immune system problems, thrombocytopenia, and Kawasaki syndrome.
How should I use this medicine?
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.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
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
chest pain or tightness
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):
muscle aches and pains
pain at site where injected
What may interact with this medicine?
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
What if I miss a dose?
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.
Where should I keep my 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.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
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
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
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.