Hepatitis B Immunoglobulin
Produced from human plasma, the hepatitis B immunoglobulin is used in providing short-term protection from hepatitis B. It prevents individuals from acquiring liver inflammation, which causes the liver to malfunction and cause other liver-related complications. This injectable medication is not considered a vaccine. It is only given as an immediate preventive treatment for those who have been directly exposed to hepatitis B.
Precautions and Warnings
Just like other forms of medicines for treating hepatitis B, the usage of hepatitis B immune globulin also involves several precautions and warnings. These measures are given to ensure that it is safe for patients to use and utilize this medication. Consider the following:
- For some individuals, the hepatitis B immunoglobulin medication can cause severe adverse reactions. These reactions include unexpected numbness, severe pain in the chest, irregular heartbeat, and swelling. If these reactions happen to you, report them to your healthcare professional immediately.
- People with the following illnesses are not allowed to use this medicine: (1) history of heart disease and liver damage; (2) allergy or hypersensitivity to the medication and its ingredients; (3) and women who are using pills for birth control.
- Before using this medication, ensure that it is safe for you. Speak with your healthcare professional if you have the following: (1) hypersensitivity to immune globulins; (2) hemophilia; (3) and diabetes.
Administration of Hepatitis B Immunoglobulin
This medication is administered by injecting it into the skin. When an individual is proven to be exposed to hepatitis B, this can be given as the first line of treatment or defense from the infection. Once this is given, the healthcare professional will recommend getting a hepatitis vaccine to prevent further infection or illness. It is also one way of protecting yourself from probable hepatitis B infection.
Hepatitis B Immune Globulin Side Effects
The side effects of hepatitis B immunoglobulin are categorized based on their severity towards the body. These adverse reactions can be mild and severe. Expect the following;
Most common or mild side effects:
- Pain in the back
Severe side effects:
- Recurrent fever
- Mouth blisters or sores
- Swollen gums
- Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
- Stomach pain
- Lack of appetite
- Dark-coloured urine
- Blood clotting
- Severe pain in the chest
- Irregular heartbeat
Note: If you experience the most severe adverse reactions, contact your healthcare professional immediately and obtain the necessary medical care. Severe side effects must be taken seriously.