Gamma Immune Globulin

(GAM-ma I-mune GLOB-u-lin)

Immune globulin (Gammagard, Gammagard S/D, Gamunex, Vivaglobin) is used to supply antibodies to the patient to lessen or prevent infections.

It is used in a number of disorders, including immunodeficiency syndromes, agammaglobulinemia, idiopathic thrombocytopenia (ITP) and B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

If you are not sure why your child is receiving gamma immune globulin, ask your child's doctor.

This medication is given through your child's vein over a period of time as an infusion (IV).

  • Blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing are checked during the infusion.
  • Some medicines to help prevent or lessen side effects of the drug may be given before starting the infusion.
  • The medicine can be given as an infusion into a vein, under the skin, or into a muscle.

For any information about your child's dosing schedule and/or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication. 

  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Light-headedness and / or dizziness
  • Flushing
  • Fever
  • Itching
  • Change in blood pressure
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest tightness / pain
  • Redness or pain at the site where it is going into the body
  • Fever

Last Updated 11/2013