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Rabies immunoglobulin - Parenteral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I 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?

Rabies immunoglobulin is used together with rabies vaccine to help protect you from infection caused by rabies virus.

How do I use this medicine?

Rabies immunoglobulin is to be given by injection around the bite wound and the rest into the muscles of the upper arm or side of the thigh.

Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not use this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to similar medicines.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have bleeding disorders or at risk of thrombosis (blood clot).

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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

What side effects could I experience?

This medicine may cause any of the following side effects: nausea, vomiting, tiredness, bleeding, headache, rapid heartbeat, flu like illness, and joint pain and erythema, pruritus, swelling, pain, rash and warmth at injection site.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

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?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking or receiving any of these medicines:
  • live attenuated vaccines e.g. MMR, rotavirus, varicella virus
  • medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders
  • blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin, heparin
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Rabies immunoglobulin.

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. Do not allow to freeze. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used.

Protect from light. Light may cause the medication to lose some of its effectiveness.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Rabies immunoglobulin - Parenteral 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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