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Cytomegalovirus Immune Globulin (Human) Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

CYTOMEGALOVIRUS IMMUNE GLOBULIN (sye toe MEG a loe vye rus im MUNE GLOB yoo lin) is used to prevent infections of cytomegalovirus after an organ transplant.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

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

  • back or stomach pains

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain or tightness

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • fever, chills

  • seizures

  • sudden weight gain

  • swelling of the ankles, feet, hands

  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

  • unusual bleeding or bruising

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

  • flushing

  • muscle cramps, pains

  • nausea or vomiting

What may interact with this medicine?

  • live virus vaccines, like measles, mumps, or rubella

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

Where should I keep my medicine?

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

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • diabetes

  • kidney disease

  • low levels of immunoglobulin A in the body

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to human immune globulin, albumin, sucrose, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

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

This medicine is made from human blood. It may be possible to pass an infection in this medicine. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of this medicine.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 3/23/2009
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