Varicella-Zoster Immune Globulin (var-i-SELL-a-ZOS-ter im-MYOON GLOB-yoo-lin)
Prevents infection with chickenpox (Varicella-Zoster).
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to human immune globulin, if you have immunoglobulin A deficiency, if you have had a previous varicella infection, or have received a varicella vaccination.
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 a muscle or into a vein.
- A nurse or other trained health professional 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.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using medicines that weaken your immune system, such as a steroid or cancer drug.
- Talk to your doctor before getting flu shots or other vaccines while you are receiving this medicine. Vaccines may not work as well, or they could make you ill while you are using this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease, kidney disease, lung disease, or if you have any illness that weakens your immune system, such as HIV or AIDS, cancer, or any infection.
- Some human blood products have transmitted viruses to people who have received them. This medicine is made from donated human blood that has been tested and treated for viruses to keep from spreading infections. The risk of getting a virus from medicines made of human blood has been greatly reduced in recent years. This is the result of required testing of human donors for certain viruses, and testing during manufacture of these medicines. Although the risk is low, talk with your doctor if you have concerns.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
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.
- Fever or chills.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Muscle pain, joint pain, or low back pain.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or lump under your skin where the shot was given.
- Skin rash.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest.
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
Review Date: 2011-02-04