Rabies Immune Globulin (RAY-beez i-MUNE GLOB-ue-lin)
Prevents infection caused by the rabies virus after you have been bitten by an animal. Usually given with the rabies vaccine.
HyperRAB S/D, Imogam Rabies-HTThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive rabies immune globulin if you have had an allergic reaction to it.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles.
- A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Avoid getting live virus vaccines, such as measles, mumps, rubella, or polio, within 3 months after you receive rabies immune globulin.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you have bleeding problems, thrombocytopenia (low platelets), immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficiency, or have had an allergic reaction to any other vaccine.
- This medicine is made from donated human blood. Some human blood products have transmitted viruses to people who have received them, although the risk is low. Human donors and donated blood are both tested for viruses to keep the transmission risk low. Talk with your doctor about this risk if you are concerned.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Cloudy, foamy, or bloody urine
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild fever
- Pain, redness, swelling, or a hard lump where the shot was given