Hepatitis b immunoglobulin - intramuscular


Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Hepatitis B immunoglobulin is used to prevent infections of the liver known as hepatitis B (contagious liver infection caused by a virus from contaminated blood and body fluids).

This medicine helps prevent infections from developing in a person who had been exposed to hepatitis B virus (e.g. through skin pricks, cuts, or sexual contact).

It may be used for those who have not been vaccinated, have not responded to hepatitis B vaccination, or if you are having kidney dialysis while waiting for vaccination to be fully effective.

Hepatitis B immunoglobulin may also be used in babies whose mother has a hepatitis B infection.
How do I use this medicine?
Hepatitis B immunoglobulin injection is to be given intramuscularly (into the muscle).

Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you.
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 Hepatitis B 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?
Do not use Hepatitis B immunoglobulin if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to this medicine or any of its ingredients.

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • severe blood disorder or blood clotting problems
  • allergies to other immunoglobulin
as Hepatitis B immunoglobulin may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
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.

If you are going to have a blood test, inform your doctor that you recently received this medicine.
What side effects could I experience?
Hepatitis B immunoglobulin may cause any of the following side effects: injection site reaction (e.g. pain, redness), headache, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, inform your doctor immediately. 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?
Avoid vaccinations during treatment or 3 months after treatment with Hepatitis B 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 freeze Hepatitis B immunoglobulin otherwise it will no longer be effective and should not be used.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on hepatitis b 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 © 2020 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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