Immune globulin (human)

Generic Name: immune globulin (human) (i-MUNE GLOB-ue-lin)
Brand Name: HyQvia

Immune globulin (human) may increase the risk of blood clots. The risk may be increased in older patients, if you will be confined to a bed or chair for a period of time, if you take estrogen products, or if you have certain catheters. The risk may also be increased if you have a condition that may increase your risk of blood clots, thick blood, heart problems, or a history of blood clots. Blood clots can occur if you do not have any of these conditions. Tell your doctor right away if you develop one-sided numbness or weakness; pain, redness, tenderness, warmth or swelling in the arms or legs; change in color of an arm or leg; chest pain or discomfort; shortness of breath; fast heartbeat; or coughing up blood. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.


Immune globulin (human) is used for:

Providing antibodies to help prevent infection in certain patients who have a weakened immune system. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Immune globulin (human) is an immune globulin. It works by providing antibodies that fight infection.

Do NOT use immune globulin (human) if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in immune globulin (human) or to other immune globulin medicines
  • you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to blood or products that are produced from blood
  • you have immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficiency and you have antibodies against IgA

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using immune globulin (human):

Some medical conditions may interact with immune globulin (human). Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have recently received any vaccinations
  • if you have heart problems, blood vessel problems (eg, narrowed arteries), thick blood, a blood clotting disorder, or a history of stroke, heart attack, or blood clots
  • if you have kidney problems, liver problems, diabetes, dehydration or low blood volume, a blood infection, abnormal proteins in the blood, or asthma
  • if you have been or may be exposed to measles
  • if you will be confined to a bed or a chair for a long period of time

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with immune globulin (human). Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Medicines that may harm the kidney (eg, aminoglycoside antibiotics [eg, gentamicin], amphotericin B, cyclosporine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] [eg, ibuprofen], tacrolimus, vancomycin) because the risk of kidney side effects may be increased. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if any of your medicines might harm the kidney
  • Estrogen because the risk of blood clots may be increased.
  • Live vaccines (eg, measles, mumps, and rubella) because their effectiveness may be decreased by immune globulin (human)

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if immune globulin (human) may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use immune globulin (human):

Use immune globulin (human) as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Immune globulin (human) is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using immune globulin (human) at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use immune globulin (human). Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • The immune globulin should be colorless or pale yellow. The hyaluronidase should be colorless.
  • Do not use immune globulin (human) if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • If removing from the refrigerator, let come to room temperature before using. Do not use heat or a microwave to warm up.
  • Do not shake immune globulin (human).
  • Do not mix the immune globulin and the hyaluronidase before using.
  • Do not mix immune globulin (human) with any other medicine.
  • Infuse immune globulin (human) under the skin, NOT into a muscle or vein. Infuse into the abdomen or thigh. If you need to use 2 infusion sites, use sites on the opposite side of the body. Rotate infusion sites with each dose of immune globulin (human) by using sites on the other sides of the body.
  • Do not infuse into places that are bony or in areas that are scarred, swollen, or infected.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of immune globulin (human), contact your doctor for instructions.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use immune globulin (human).

Important safety information:

  • Aseptic meningitis syndrome (AMS) has been reported to occur rarely in association with immunoglobulin medicines. This syndrome usually begins within several hours to 2 days following treatment. Symptoms include severe headache, neck stiffness, drowsiness, fever, painful eye movements, sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Live vaccines (eg, measles, mumps) may not work as well while you are using immune globulin (human). Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine.
  • Immune globulin (human) is made from human plasma. There is an extremely low risk of developing a viral infection or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) after using immune globulin (human). Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Immune globulin (human) may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using immune globulin (human).
  • Lab tests may be performed while you use immune globulin (human). These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use immune globulin (human) with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially blood clots.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if immune globulin (human) can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using immune globulin (human) while you are pregnant. It is not known if immune globulin (human) is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use immune globulin (human), check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of immune globulin (human):

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:

Headache; nausea; pain, swelling or redness at the infusion site; tiredness; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; itching; hives; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue); blue lips, feet, or hands; calf, leg, or arm swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, pain, or tenderness; chest pain or tightness; confusion; coughing up blood; dark urine; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; numbness of an arm or a leg; one-sided weakness; severe or persistent pain, swelling, or redness at the infusion site; shortness of breath or trouble breathing; speech problems; symptoms of kidney problems (eg, decreased urination, lower back or flank pain, swelling or bloating, sudden weight gain); unusual tiredness or weakness; vision problems; wheezing; 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. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of immune globulin (human):

Store immune globulin (human) in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C) for up to 36 months. Do not freeze. If needed, you may store immune globulin (human) at room temperature up to 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) for up to 3 months during the first 24 months from when it was made (printed on the carton). If immune globulin (human) has been stored at room temperature, do not return to the refrigerator. Do not use immune globulin (human) if the expiration date on the container has passed. Keep immune globulin (human) out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about immune globulin (human), please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Immune globulin (human) is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take immune globulin (human) or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about immune globulin (human). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to immune globulin (human). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using immune globulin (human).

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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