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Human normal immunoglobulin - Intramuscular - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I use this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I use this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Human normal immunoglobulin are medicines which contains antibodies (proteins that are normally found in your blood which helps your body to fight infections).

It is used for those who have weak immune system, and to those who do not have enough antibodies in their blood and tend to get frequent infections.

This medicine is used to treat certain types of diseases by correcting the lack of antibodies in your blood. It helps raise abnormally low immunoglobulin levels in your blood to its normal level (replacement therapy).

Human normal immunoglobulin may also be used as antibody replacement therapy for those with cancer of the blood or bone marrow, low antibody before or after transplants.

This medicine may also be used as a prevention and protection against certain infections (e.g. hepatitis A, rubella, measles and poliomyelitis).

Human normal immunoglobulin may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.

How do I use this medicine?

Human normal immunoglobulin injection is to be given intramuscularly (into the muscle).

Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you.

The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on the type and severity of your condition.

What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?

Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any doses. Your doctor also needs to regularly monitor your response to Human normal immunoglobulin.

If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • deficiency of immunoglobulin A (IgA)
  • severe platelet deficiency
  • blood clotting disorders
as Human normal immunoglobulin may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • over weight
  • diabetes
  • low blood volume
  • blood vessel disease
  • blood clotting disorders
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Use Human normal immunoglobulin with care to an elderly. Elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medicine.

While you are being treated with this medicine, ensure adequate fluid intake to avoid dehydration.

Let your doctor know if you have been recently vaccinated. Do not receive any vaccinations without first asking your doctor.

If you are going for certain laboratory or diagnostic tests, inform your doctor that you are using this medicine.

For as long as you are using this medicine, you may need to have routine blood tests to check your body’s response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often need to have these tests.

What side effects could I experience?

Human normal immunoglobulin may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: injection site redness, itching, swelling or pain, chills, tiredness, headaches, fever, nausea, vomiting, joint and back pain.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
  • rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes
  • shortness of breath, chest pain
  • pain and swelling in the arms or legs
  • difficulty or inability to pass urine
  • severe headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I use this with other medicines?

Alert your doctor if you have been recently vaccinated. Do not use Human normal immunoglobulin if you had just been vaccinated.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in the refrigerator, between 2-8°C, away from the reach of children. Do not allow to freeze. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used.

Do not use this medicine if it becomes cloudy or if it has changed in colour.

The container should be replaced in the outer carton after use to protect the contents from light.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Human normal immunoglobulin - Intramuscular and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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