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Immune Globulin (Subcutaneous)
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Immune Globulin (Subcutaneous) Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Hizentra™; Vivaglobin®

Pharmacologic Category

Blood Product Derivative; Immune Globulin

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Immune globulin is made from human plasma (part of the blood) and may contain infectious agents, such as viruses, that can cause disease. Although immune globulin is screened, tested, and treated to reduce the possibility that it carries an infectious agent, it can still potentially transmit disease. Talk with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to immune globulin or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have IgA deficiency.


• If you are allergic to polysorbate 80.

• If you have too much proline in your blood (hyperprolinemia).

How does it work?

• Immune globulin helps the body develop antibodies and protect against infection.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as an infusion under the skin over a period of time.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give this medicine.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for instructions.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood work. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?


• Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.


• Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 13:13:18.0

Modified: 2010-06-09 12:57:38.0

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