Rabies immune globulin (Injection)

Introduction

Rabies Immune Globulin (RAY-beez im-MYOON GLOB-yoo-lin)

Prevents infection caused by the rabies virus after you have been bitten by an animal. Usually given with the rabies vaccine.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

HyperRAB S/D, Imogam Rabies-HT

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive rabies immune globulin if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • This medicine is given as an IM shot in your buttocks. The shot may also be given directly into the wound that caused your exposure to rabies (such as an animal bite or scratch).

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 other vaccines such as measles, mumps, rubella, or polio within 3 months after you receive rabies immune globulin.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Before your receive rabies immune globulin, make sure your doctor knows if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any type of vaccine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before getting this medicine.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Intense itching, hives
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Swelling of face, lips, or throat

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Pain, redness, swelling, or a hard lump where the shot was given

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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