Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin (Human)
Generic Name: Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin (Human) (var i SEL a- ZOS ter i MYUN GLOB yoo lin HYU man)
Brand Name: VariZIG
Medically reviewed on May 2, 2018
Uses of Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin:
- It is used to decrease how bad chickenpox infection is.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin?
- If you have an allergy to varicella zoster immune globulin or any other part of varicella-zoster immune globulin (human).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have IgA deficiency.
- If you have any of these health problems: Bleeding problems or low platelet count.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with varicella-zoster immune globulin (human).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take varicella-zoster immune globulin (human) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take varicella-zoster immune globulin (human). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine is made from human plasma (part of the blood) and may have viruses that may cause disease. This medicine is screened, tested, and treated to lower the chance that it carries an infection. Talk with the doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines while you take varicella-zoster immune globulin (human) and after you stop taking it. Vaccine use with varicella-zoster immune globulin (human) may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well. Talk with your doctor.
- If you are 65 or older, use varicella-zoster immune globulin (human) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using varicella-zoster immune globulin (human) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin) best taken?
Use varicella-zoster immune globulin (human) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into a muscle.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- The chance of blood clots may be raised with varicella-zoster immune globulin (human). The chance may be higher in older people, if you have to be in a bed or chair for a long time, if you take estrogen products, or if you have certain catheters. Some health problems like thick blood, heart problems, or a history of blood clots raise the chance of having blood clots. Blood clots can happen if you do not have any of these health problems. Call your doctor right away if you have numbness or weakness on 1 side of your body; pain, redness, tenderness, warmth, or swelling in the arms or legs; change in color of an arm or leg; chest pain or pressure; shortness of breath; fast heartbeat; or coughing up blood. Talk with your doctor.
What are some other side effects of Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Pain where the shot was given.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin?
- If you need to store varicella-zoster immune globulin (human) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about varicella-zoster immune globulin (human), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
- This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take varicella-zoster immune globulin (human) or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. 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 varicella-zoster 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 varicella-zoster immune globulin (human). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using varicella-zoster immune globulin (human).
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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