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Generic Name: Imogam

What is this medicine?

RABIES IMMUNE GLOBULIN (ray BEES im MYOON GLOB yoo lin) is used to prevent rabies infection. Rabies is mostly a disease of animals. Humans may get rabies if they are bitten by animals that have rabies. This medicine is given to someone after they have been exposed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bleeding disorder
  • IgA deficiency
  • recently received or scheduled to receive a vaccine
  • take medicines that treat or prevent blood clots
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to immune globulin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into the area around a wound or into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children and infants, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • Live virus vaccines

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This medicine can decrease the response to a vaccine. If you need to get vaccinated, tell your healthcare professional if you have received this medicine within the last 4 months. Extra booster doses may be needed. Talk to your doctor to see if a different vaccination schedule is needed.

This medicine contains products from human blood. It may be possible to pass an infection in this medicine, but no cases have been reported. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medicine.

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • fever
  • headache
  • pain, redness, swelling, or irritation at site where injected

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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