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Antithymocyte globulin rabbit (Injection)

Antithymocyte Globulin Rabbit (an-tye-THYE-moe-site GLOB-ue-lin RAB-it)

Prevents rejection of kidney transplants.

Brand Name(s):

Thymoglobulin

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to rabbit protein products or if you are sick with a virus.

How to Use This Medicine:

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.

If a dose is missed:

  • Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

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

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using medicines that weaken your immune system (such as steroids, chemotherapy or radiation).

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • This medicine may increase your risk of developing cancer of the blood. Talk to your doctor about this risk.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
  • This medicine may make you bleed, bruise, or get infections more easily. Take precautions to prevent illness and injury. Avoid people who are ill, and wash your hands often. Brush and floss your teeth gently, do not play rough sports, and be careful with sharp objects.
  • This medicine is not for long-term use.

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
  • Confusion or dizziness.
  • Fast heartbeat.
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat or body aches.
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, feet, or lips.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.

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

  • Headache.
  • Mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or pain in your stomach.

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: 9/4/2014


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