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Rhogam Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: HyperRHO S/D Full Dose, HyperRHO S/D Mini Dose, MicRhoGAM Ultra-Filtered Plus, RhoGAM Ultra-Filtered Plus, Rhophylac, WinRho SDF
Generic Name: RHo (D) immune globulin (Pronunciation: ROE D im MYOON GLOB yoo lin)
- What is RHo (D) immune globulin (Rhogam)?
- What are the possible side effects of RHo (D) immune globulin?
- What is the most important information I should know about RHo (D) immune globulin?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before I receive RHo (D) immune globulin?
- How is RHo (D) immune globulin given?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while receiving RHo (D) immune globulin?
- What other drugs will affect RHo (D) immune globulin?
- Where can I get more information?
What is RHo (D) immune globulin (Rhogam)?
RHo (D) immune globulin is a sterilized solution made from human blood. Rh is a substance that most people have in their blood (Rh positive) but some people don't (Rh negative). A person who is Rh negative can be exposed to Rh positive blood through a mismatched blood transfusion or during pregnancy when the baby has the opposite blood type. When this exposure happens, the Rh negative blood will respond by making antibodies that will try to destroy the Rh positive blood cells. This can cause medical problems such as anemia (loss of red blood cells), kidney failure, or shock.
RHo (D) immune globulin is used to prevent an immune response to Rh positive blood in people with an Rh negative blood type. RHo (D) immune globulin may also be used in the treatment of immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
RHo (D) immune globulin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of RHo (D) immune globulin?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: rash or hives; feeling light-headed, chest tightness, difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- fever, chills, shaking, back pain, dark colored urine;
- rapid breathing, feeling short of breath.
- urinating less than usual or not at all, swelling, rapid weight gain; or
- pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating, feeling light-headed.
Less serious side effects may include:
- joint or muscle pain;
- headache, dizziness;
- feeling weak or tired;
- mild itching or skin rash;
- nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain; or
- pain or tenderness where the medicine was injected.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Rhogam (rho(d) immune globulin (human)) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »
What is the most important information I should know about RHo (D) immune globulin?
You should not receive this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to an immune globulin or if you have immune globulin A (IgA) deficiency with antibody to IgA. You should not receive RHo (D) immune globulin if you have hemolytic anemia (a lack of red blood cells).
Before you receive this medication, tell your doctor if you have heart disease or a history of coronary artery disease, high triglycerides, a bleeding disorder, or immune globulin A (IgA) deficiency.
If you are an Rh-negative woman and you become pregnant, you must tell your doctor if you have ever been exposed to Rh-positive blood in your lifetime. This includes exposure from a mismatched blood transfusion, or exposure during your first pregnancy. Your history of exposure and treatment will be extremely important to each and every one of your pregnancies.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as fever, chills, shaking, back pain, dark colored urine, rapid breathing, feeling short of breath, urinating less than usual, swelling, rapid weight gain, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating, feeling light-headed.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine for at least 3 months after treatment with RHo (D) immune globulin. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), oral polio, rotavirus, smallpox, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), H1N1 influenza, and nasal flu vaccine.
Additional Rhogam Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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