Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
What Is Baygam?
BayGam (immune globulin, human) is used to provide protection (antibodies) against certain virus infections (hepatitis A, measles, chickenpox, rubella) in people who have not been vaccinated or have not had the infection before. BayGam is also used to strengthen the body's natural defense system (immune system) to lower the risk of infection in persons with a certain immune system problem (immunoglobulin deficiency). BayGam may be available in generic form.
What Are Side Effects of Baygam?
Baygam may cause serious side effects including:
- difficulty breathing, and
- swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.
Common side effects of BayGam include:
- muscle stiffness
- injection site reactions (redness, warmth, pain, and tenderness)
- headache, and
- joint pain
Seek medical care or call 911 at once if you have the following serious side effects:
- Serious eye symptoms such as sudden vision loss, blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights;
- Serious heart symptoms such as fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeats; fluttering in your chest; shortness of breath; and sudden dizziness, lightheadedness, or passing out;
- Severe headache, confusion, slurred speech, arm or leg weakness, trouble walking, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, very stiff muscles, high fever, profuse sweating, or tremors.
This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.
Dosage for Baygam
BayGam in a dose of 0.01 mL/lb (0.02 mL/kg) is recommended for household and institutional hepatitis A case contacts.
What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Baygam?
BayGam may interact with drugs that may harm the kidneys (e.g., aminoglycosides such as gentamicin). Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.
Baygam During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
During pregnancy, BayGam should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our BayGam (immune globulin, human) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
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.
Local pain and tenderness at the injection site, urticaria, and angioedema may occur. Anaphylactic reactions, although rare, have been reported following the injection of human immune globulin preparations.6,9 Anaphylaxis is more likely to occur if BayGam (immune globulin) is given intravenously; therefore, BayGam (immune globulin) must be administered only intramuscularly.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Baygam (Immune Globulin)
© Baygam Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Baygam Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.
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