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Immune globulin subcutaneous Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to immune globulin subcutaneous: subcutaneous solution

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 or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Change in color of skin to a bluish color like on the lips, nail beds, fingers, or toes.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Seizures.
  • Bloating.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Swelling.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Mood changes.
  • Muscle or joint pain.
  • Change in speech.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Shakiness.
  • Sweating a lot.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Very bad irritation where the shot was given.
  • Lung problems have happened with this drug. Call your doctor right away if you have lung or breathing problems like trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or a cough that is new or worse.
  • This drug may raise the chance of a very bad brain problem called aseptic meningitis. Call your doctor right away if you have a headache, fever, chills, very upset stomach or throwing up, stiff neck, rash, bright lights bother your eyes, feeling sleepy, or feeling confused.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

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:

  • Irritation where this drug is given.
  • Headache.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Back pain.
  • Sore throat.
  • Stuffy nose.
  • Dizziness.
  • Flushing.
  • Cramps.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Belly pain.

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.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to immune globulin subcutaneous: subcutaneous solution

Local

Local side effects have been reported the most frequently. Up to 92% of patients reported adverse events at the injection site.[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have been reported often (37%), including nausea (18%) and diarrhea (10%).[Ref]

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have included rash (17%).[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects have rarely included immediate anaphylactoid and hypersensitivity reactions. Allergic reactions (11%) have also been reported.[Ref]

General

General side effects have included headache (48%), fever (25%), sore throat (17%), and pain (10%).[Ref]

Respiratory

Respiratory side effects have included an increase in cough (10%).[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Vivaglobin (immune globulin subcutaneous)." ZLB Bioplasma Inc, Glendale, CA.

Some side effects of immune globulin subcutaneous may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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