Hepatitis B immune globulin is made from human plasma containing proteins that protect against the type B form of hepatitis (inflammation of the liver).
Hepatitis B immune globulin is used to prevent hepatitis B in people receiving a liver transplant, and in babies born to mothers infected with hepatitis B. It is also used to prevent hepatitis B in people who have been exposed to hepatitis B through contaminated blood products, sexual contact with an infected person, or living in a home with an infected person.
Hepatitis B immune globulin is not a vaccine. Therefore it will not provide long-term protection from hepatitis B. For long-term protection you must receive a hepatitis B vaccine such as Engerix-B, Recombivax HB, or Twinrix.
HepaGam B, HepaGam B NovaPlus, Hyperhep B, Nabi-HB
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
difficult or labored breathing
difficulty with swallowing
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
shortness of breath
tightness in the chest
Some hepatitis b immune globulin side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:
general feeling of discomfort
muscle aches or pain
pain at the injection site
Abdominal or stomach cramping
burning, heat, and redness at the injection site
feeling as if you are going to vomit
Incidence not known
Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
upper abdominal or stomach pain
(human hepatitis b virus immune globulin) injection