D-GAM HUMAN ANTI-D IMMUNOGLOBULIN 250 IU SOLUTION FOR INJECTION
Active substance(s): HUMAN ANTI-D IMMUNOGLOBULIN
INFORMATION FOR THE USER
D-GAM® 250 IU, 500 IU, 1,500 IU AND
2,500 IU SOLUTION FOR INJECTION
HUMAN ANTI-D IMMUNOGLOBULIN
Read all of this leaﬂet carefully before using this medicine.
Keep this leaﬂet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or your midwife.
This medicine will be administered to you by your doctor or your midwife.
If any of the side effects becomes serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaﬂet, please tell your doctor or your midwife.
In this leaﬂet:
1. What D-Gam® is and what it is used for
2. Before you use D-Gam®. Some of the information is for your safety
3. How to use D-Gam®
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store D-Gam®
6. Further information
1. WHAT D-GAM® IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The product D-Gam is a solution for injection containing an increased amount of
anti-D gammaglobulin (antibodies which can protect against certain conditions). It is
made from blood plasma from screened donors from the USA and virally-inactivated
D-Gam also contains sodium chloride at the same strength as is normally found in your
body, glycine and sodium acetate with a small quantity of sodium hydroxide to control
acidity/alkalinity during manufacture. D-Gam is available in four dose sizes of 250 IU,
500 IU, 1,500 IU and 2,500 IU (IU means International Unit of anti-D). D-Gam is used to
prevent RhD negative women of child-bearing age, becoming sensitised (reactive) to RhD
positive red blood cells, to protect a RhD positive baby’s red blood cells either during the
current pregnancy or, more particularly, in future pregnancies.
It should be used:
• Soon after giving birth to a baby whose red blood cells are RhD positive, irrespective of
the ABO blood group of the mother;
• Soon after an abortion when sensitisation is possible;
• Soon after any accident or intervention during pregnancy which might lead to bleeding
across the placenta;
• As a routine preventative measure during pregnancy;
• Soon after blood components containing RhD positive red blood cells have been given,
for any reason, even when you are not pregnant.
Your doctor or your midwife will tell you if it is advisable for you to have D-Gam.
The product is for injection into muscles, and is only available on a doctor’s
2. BEFORE YOU USE D-GAM®
Speak to your doctor or your midwife and do not use D-Gam®:
• If you think you could be allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substance or to any of
the other ingredients of D-Gam (see Section 6 for a list of these).
• If you suffer from any blood disorders, which interfere with clotting.
Take special care with D-Gam®
• This product must not be injected intravenously (into veins), since it may cause a
severe reaction if given in this way. Injections must be intramuscular.
• If you start to feel unwell when this medicine is being injected, then the injection must
be stopped immediately.
• True allergic reactions to this product are rare, when it is injected intramuscularly as
directed. In the case of shock, urgent medical advice is needed.
• Large doses (over 5 mL) will be injected into different parts of the body.
• This medicine is not for injection into the newborn baby.
Using other medicines
• Please tell your doctor or your midwife of any vaccinations you have recently had or are
about to have.
• Besides anti-D, D-Gam provides you with a range of antibodies. These antibodies will
interfere with the response to some vaccines, especially MMR (measles, mumps and
rubella) and varicella (chickenpox) vaccines. Such vaccinations should be given at least
three weeks before D-Gam or not until three months after. D-Gam is unlikely to contain
an antibody to yellow fever; so this vaccine can be given whenever needed.
• This product will raise the level of various antibodies in your blood for several weeks.
If you require a blood test during this period, tell your doctor when you last had this
product injected, as misleading positive results may occur with certain tests.
Driving and using machines
This medicine has been widely used for many years in pregnant women without any
harmful effects. There are no known effects on the ability to drive or operate machinery
after injection of this product.
3. HOW TO USE D-GAM®
D-Gam will be administered to you by your doctor or your midwife by injection into a
large muscle, ideally of your upper arm just below the shoulder (deltoid).
Injection should be as soon as it is convenient after an accident or intervention during
pregnancy and after delivery (ideally within 72 hours). Injection of this medicine, should
be as close to the time of the incident as possible.
No other medicines or ﬂuids should be added to this product as their effects on the
product have not been established.
If you suffer from certain blood disorders your doctor or midwife may inject this product
just under the skin.
The recommended doses of D-Gam are outlined below.
The recommended dose is 500 IU. Occasionally, more may need to be given.
Preventative Measures Before Birth:
500 IU given at 28 and 34 weeks of pregnancy;
or 1,500 IU at 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Following an Accident or Intervention During Pregnancy:
Up to 20 weeks, the recommended dose is 250 IU;
After 20 weeks the recommended dose is 500 IU. Occasionally, more may need to be given.
Prevention of Immunisation (Protection) in RhD negative Patients
Given Blood Components Containing RhD positive Red Cells:
250 IU for every 3 adult doses of platelets from RhD positive donors; or 125 IU per mL of
red cells injected.
Your doctor or midwife will tell you if it is advisable for you to have this medicine, how
much and when.
If you are administered much more D-Gam than recommended, your doctor may carry
out some blood tests. If you feel un well afterwards or have any discomfort, tell your
doctor, nurse or midwife.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or your midwife.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
If you start to feel unwell while this medicine is being injected, then the injection must be
You should remain with another person for at least twenty minutes after injection.
• Allergic reactions, such as breathing difﬁculties, faintness, anaphylaxis and possibly
shock can occur rarely.
• Not everybody gets side effects, but the following have been reported after injection:
shortness of breath,
swelling of the face,
feeling or being sick,
coating of the tongue,
As with all intramuscular injections, there may be some short-term discomfort at the
site of injection. Very rarely, a hardened area may develop where the injection was
• If you have any of these or continuous pain, itching, rash or any other unusual reaction
or are just feeling unwell, you must tell your doctor or your midwife.
When medicines are made from human blood or plasma, certain measures are put
in place to prevent infections being passed on to patients. These include: – careful
selection of blood and plasma donors to make sure those at risk of carrying infections
are excluded, – the testing of each donation and pools of plasma for signs of virus/
infections, – the inclusion of steps in the processing of the blood or plasma that can
inactivate or remove viruses. Despite these measures, when medicines prepared from
human blood or plasma are administered, the possibility of passing on infection cannot
be totally excluded. This also applies to any unknown or emerging viruses or other types
of infections. The measures taken are considered effective for enveloped viruses such as
human immunodeﬁciency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus, and for the
nonenveloped hepatitis A and parvovirus B19 viruses. Immunoglobulins have not been
associated with hepatitis A or parvovirus B19 infections possibly because the antibodies
against these infections, which are contained in the product, are protective.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaﬂet, please tell your doctor.
5. HOW TO STORE D-GAM®
D-Gam should be stored in the original container at 2-8°C but DO NOT FREEZE. If
necessary, the product can be kept at room temperature (25°C) for a short period
(up to one week).
Do not use D-Gam after the expiry date which is stated on the label. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
The condition of date-expired or incorrectly stored product cannot be guaranteed.
Do not use D-Gam if you notice the solution is cloudy or has deposits.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. These
measures will help to protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What D-Gam® contains
The active substance is Human Anti-D Immunoglobulin.
The other ingredients are:
sodium chloride, glycine, sodium acetate trihydrate, sodium hydroxide.
What D-Gam® looks like and contents of the pack
D-Gam, in the form of a solution for injection, comes in quantities of 250 IU, 500 IU,
1,500 IU and 2,500 IU in glass vials. These vials are closed with a rubber stopper, held on
by an aluminium ring with a snap-off plastic cap.
Marketing Authorisation Holder, and manufacturer
Bio Products Laboratory Limited,
Dagger Lane, Elstree, Herts. WD6 3BX, U.K.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8957 2200
Marketing Authorisation Number
PL 08801/0047 - 250 IU dose size
PL 08801/0048 - 500 IU dose size
PL 08801/0049 - 1,500 and 2,500 IU dose size
Date of Revision of Text
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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