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Rabies immune globulin (Injection)

Rabies Immune Globulin (RAY-beez i-MUNE GLOB-ue-lin)

Prevents infection caused by the rabies virus after you have been bitten by an animal. Usually given with the rabies vaccine.

Brand Name(s):

HyperRAB S/D, Imogam Rabies-HT

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not receive rabies immune globulin if you have had an allergic reaction to it.

How to Use This Medicine:

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Avoid getting live virus vaccines, such as measles, mumps, rubella, or polio, within 3 months after you receive rabies immune globulin.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you have bleeding problems, thrombocytopenia (low platelets), immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficiency, or have had an allergic reaction to any other vaccine.
  • This medicine is made from donated human blood. Some human blood products have transmitted viruses to people who have received them, although the risk is low. Human donors and donated blood are both tested for viruses to keep the transmission risk low. Talk with your doctor about this risk if you are concerned.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Cloudy, foamy, or bloody urine

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild fever
  • Pain, redness, swelling, or a hard lump where the shot was given

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 12/4/2014


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