VariZIG Side Effects
Generic Name: varicella zoster immune globulin
Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug varicella zoster immune globulin. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name VariZIG.
For the Consumer
Applies to varicella zoster immune globulin: intramuscular powder for solution, intramuscular solution
As well as its needed effects, varicella zoster immune globulin (the active ingredient contained in VariZIG) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking varicella zoster immune globulin, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:Less common:
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- redness of the skin
- shortness of breath
- swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
Some varicella zoster immune globulin side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:Less common:
- pain at the injection site
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to varicella zoster immune globulin: intramuscular powder for injection, intramuscular solution
Local side effects have included pain, redness and swelling at the injection site.[Ref]
Hypersensitivity side effects have included angioneurotic edema and anaphylactic shock in less than 1 in 1,000 patients.[Ref]
General side effects have included headache, chills, back pain and syncope.[Ref]
Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea.[Ref]
Dermatologic side effects have included rash.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Varicella Zoster Immune Globulin (varicella zoster immune globulin)." American Red Cross Blood Services, Dedham, MA.
It is possible that some side effects of VariZIG may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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