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WHAT IS IMMUNOGLOBULIN?
Hepatitis B immune globulin is made from human plasma containing proteins that protect against the type B form of hepatitis (inflammation of the liver).
Hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) is a solution of antibodies that are able to attach to the hepatitis B viruses and cause them to be destroyed. It is used to prevent hepatitis B in people receiving a liver transplant, and in babies born to mothers infected with hepatitis B. It is also used to prevent hepatitis B in people who have been exposed to hepatitis B through contaminated blood products or living in a home with an infected person.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF IMMUNOGLOBULIN:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Acne; diarrhea; dry skin; loss of appetite; mouth ulcers; nausea; unusual weakness; vision problems; vomiting; weight loss.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the eyelids, mouth, face, lips, or tongue); cough; dark urine; dizziness; eye irritation or pain; extreme fatigue; fever; persistent diarrhea; stomach pain; swelling of the ankles or feet; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
PROPER STORAGE OF IMMUNOGLOBULIN:
Human Hepatitis B Immunoglobulin should be stored between 2°C and 8°C. Do not freeze. Store in the original vial. Keep vial in the outer carton in order to protect from light.