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Gammagard Side Effects

Generic Name: immune globulin intravenous and subcutaneous

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of immune globulin intravenous and subcutaneous. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Gammagard.

Not all side effects for Gammagard may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to immune globulin intravenous and subcutaneous: injection

Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Chills; cough; diarrhea; dizziness; flushing; headache; joint or back pain; mild sore throat; mild stomach pain; muscle pain, weakness, or cramps; mild pain, swelling, bruising, warmth, or redness at the injection site; nausea; runny or stuffy nose; tiredness or weakness; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur while taking immune globulin intravenous and subcutaneous (the active ingredient contained in Gammagard)

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, fingers, or toes; blurred vision or other vision problems; calf or leg pain, swelling, redness, or tenderness; chest, jaw, or arm pain; confusion; coughing up blood; dark or red urine; ear pain; eye pain or sensitivity to light; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; mental or mood changes; mouth sores; numbness of the face, arm, or leg; one-sided weakness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe headache, dizziness, or stomach pain; severe or persistent pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; shortness of breath or trouble breathing; sluggishness; speech problems; sudden nausea or vomiting; sudden unusual sweating; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; symptoms of kidney problems (eg, decreased urination, lower back or flank pain, shortness of breath, swelling or bloating, sudden weight gain); symptoms of liver problems (eg, pale stools, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite); unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; wheezing; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to immune globulin intravenous and subcutaneous: injectable solution


Dermatologic side effects have included injection site reactions, rash, erythema, pain, swelling, ecchymosis, purpura, petechia, pruritus, urticaria, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, epidermolysis, erythema multiforme, bullous dermatitis, and hives.[Ref]


Cardiovascular side effects have included hypertension, cardiac arrest, thromboembolism, vascular collapse, and hypotension.[Ref]


Hypersensitivity side effects have included anaphylaxis.[Ref]


General side effects have included accidental injury, ear pain, and cough.[Ref]


Immunologic side effects have included have included influenza, flu syndrome, and aseptic meningitis. All U.S. immune globulin products undergo viral inactivation and/or removal; however, no method has been totally effective in removing all risk and the potential exists for the presence of unknown infectious agents.[Ref]


Hematologic side effects have included hemorrhage (all systems), epistaxis, thrombocytopenia, anemia, hemolytic anemia, pancytopenia, leucopenia, hemolysis, and positive direct antiglobulin (Coombs test).[Ref]


Musculoskeletal side effects have included arthralgia, back pain, neck pain, and rigors.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache, dizziness, fatigue, coma, loss of consciousness, seizures, and tremor.[Ref]


Metabolic side effects have included pyrexia, chills, and asthenia.[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dyspepsia.[Ref]


Respiratory side effects have included rhinitis, pharyngitis, asthma, apnea, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), transfusion related acute lung injury (TRALI), cyanosis, hypoxemia, pulmonary edema, dyspnea, and bronchospasm.[Ref]


Hepatic side effects have included hepatic dysfunction and transient elevations (less than 3 times the upper limit) of ALT and AST.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Gamunex-C (immune globulin intravenous and subcutaneous)." Talecris Biotherapeutics, Research Triangle Park, NC.

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