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What is rhogam?

What is rhogam?

Blood product: It is a blood product which has rh antibodies. It is given to rh neg person if they are exposed to rh antigen to neutralize it. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Bates jr.
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Rho Immune Globulin (Definition)

RHO immune globulin is an antibody based agent which is a kind of ...Read more


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What's rhogam and who needs to get it?

What's rhogam and who needs to get it?

RhoGam: Rhogam is antibody to the rh antigen d. It is given to rh — women to protect them from making anti-d antibody that could be passed to their next fetus and cause anemia. ...Read more

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Got rhogam injection today. Is it normal for the injection area to hurt? And how long for?

Got rhogam injection today. Is it normal for the injection area to hurt?  And how long for?

Yes: Any injection site can be sore temporarily. If it persists for more than 24 hours or develops a bruise, get checked. ...Read more

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What could happen if I had a higher dose of rhogam than needed? Would it have a bad effect on my baby?

What could happen if I had a higher dose of rhogam than needed? Would it have a bad effect on my baby?

It would have to be: It would have to be many times more than recommended. In a rh-sensitized individual, practically the entire blood supply is diluted rhogam, hundreds to thousands times more antibody than you could reasonably get from a Rhogam injection. ...Read more

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Rh- I am almost 29w and haven't gotten rhogam yet I am waiting on my insurance to approve it. Will my baby be ok if I have to get it a little later?

Yes: Rhogam is given to prevent problems in your subsequent pregnancies. Getting it (or not getting it) in this pregnancy will have no effect on this pregnancy. It should be given in every pregnancy around 28 weeks but if you are a few weeks late, the odds of there being a problem in a subsequent pregnancy are quite low. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What is the rhogam shot?

What is the rhogam shot?

Rh factor protection: Rhogam is an injection given any time there is mixing of fetal blood and maternal blood. This can happen during pregnancy but most often occurs at delivery. If a mother is rh negative, and her baby is rh positive, it will trigger an immune response in the mother that could potentially attack the next rh positive baby. Rhogam prevents this immune response and keeps subsequent pregnancies safe. ...Read more

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Rhogam shot, what is this for?

Rh incompatibility: RhoGAM (Rho Immune Globulin) is given to women who are Rh-negative who are pregnant or for blood transfusion. Rh incompatibility can be addressed with RhoGam. ...Read more

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How much rhogam is given after delivery?

Depends: In most hospitals they will test the mom's and baby's blood to determine how much you need (if any). You only need Rhogam if you are rh negative and baby is rh positive. So if baby is negative, you don't need any. On the other hand, if there was a large amount of transfer of fetal cells to mom from baby, you may need more than one dose of rhogam. ...Read more

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How much rhogam should I get if miscarrying?

How much rhogam should I get if miscarrying?

Depends: Standard dose in usa it s 300 mcg. In early pregnancy exceeds the needs, but this is the protocol. ...Read more

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Can rhogam shoot have side effects for a woman?

No: Rhogam is one of the few interventions that has been an unmixed blessing to humankind, apart from some soreness at the injection site. Countless unborn children's lives have been saved. Real-science is cutthroat -- research careers are based on real discoveries, and if the pop claims that it causes autism had any basis, we'd have found out by now. ...Read more

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If I don't get the rhogam shot what will happen?

Risk for future baby: Rhogam is supposed to prevent you from developing anti d antibodies that could cause serious problems for future babies/fetuses. Those problems include: anemia, jaundice, hydrops fetalis, death. This risk is greater if we know for sure that product of current pregnancy had blood type rh positive and there was significant transfer of fetal blood into your body. You should discuss it with your doc. ...Read more

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Can you get two rhogams during pregnancy?

Can you get two rhogams during pregnancy?

Sure, if needed.: Several not uncommon scenarios would merit Rhogam administration at least twice in the same pregnancy: e.g. After amniocentesis and at 28 weeks/postpartum, after fall/trauma and at 28 weeks/postpartum. ...Read more

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How much thimerosal is in the Rhogam shot?

No mercury in Rhogam: April 16, 2001, the FDA approved production of RhoGAM without thimerosal and the company agreed to distribute only product without the preservative. (source: FDA.gov) ...Read more

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Didn't get rhogam until 32 weeks will my baby be ok?

Didn't get rhogam until 32 weeks will my baby be ok?

Likely: Your doc can and likely does test to see if you are developing any antibodies that would affect the baby. Bring this up at a visit and they can provide you that information. While this is usually given earlier, this does not mean you (and baby) have not benefitted from the procedure. ...Read more

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What is the price for a rhogam shot in atlanta ga ?

Ask your pharmacist.: It is an expensive injection and it is probably best if you can ask your local pharmacist to get some pricing for you... It should be covered by your insurrance, though.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is rhogam only administered after abortion or childbirth?

Is rhogam only administered after abortion or childbirth?

Not only.: Rhogam is supposed to be administer to rh negative and anti-d antibody negative women after amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, miscarriage, abortion, delivery, molar pregnancy and ectopic pregnancy. ...Read more

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When is the latest I can get rhogam shot? I received one when I miscarried does that protect this baby too?

No it doesn't: Rhogam should be given to Rh negative ladies within 72 hours of any obstetric complication or fetomaternal hemorrhage risk, e.g. abortion, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, CVS, amniocentesis. Prophylactic at 28 weeks pregnancy, and within 72 hours of delivery. One shot doesn't provide long-lasting immunity, this is kind of passive not active immunization, as there is no microbe to immunize against ...Read more

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I'm o- and had my last rhogam shoot in february, we have lost two babys in six months. What should I do when I get pregnant agian?

When you're ready: First of all, I'm sorry for your loss. The RhoGAM shot has nothing to do with when you should try again. You need to give your body some time to heal. I usually recommend that you have at least two normal periods before you try again. You need to talk to your Gyn about being evaluated for recurrent miscarriages. ...Read more

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Had a Rhogam in injection in January. In March (9 weeks later) I had INDIRECT ANTIGLOBULIN TEST and tested positive. Is this because of the rhogam?

Likely: The half-life of immunogloblin G is about 4 weeks, therefore you are likely to have residual antibody from the Rhogam injection at 7 weeks after the injection. Your doctor may wish to retest in about 6 months. ...Read more

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Husband's O- & I'm A-. Since neither of us is RhD & Rhogam seems to be Anti-D (not RhC & RhE?), could Rhogam even benefit us? Anything to worry about?

Still recimmended: If you are both Rh negative, you shouldn't theoretically need it. It is still recommended on the outside chance a lab error has your husbands type wrong. There is no risk if getting the shot ...Read more

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Is it safe to get rhogam shot after 28 weeks?

After delivery: In this is your first Rh positive baby and you are Rh negative, Rhogam is customarily given after the delivery and assurance that the baby has a Rh positive blood type to prevent you from forming antibodies for your next Rh positive baby during pregnancy which can be harmful to the fetus. ...Read more

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Does the Rhogam shot show up on a blood test?

Not usually: The Rho-gam is an immune antibody against Rh. The only was it would show is if you tested specifically for anti-Rh antibodies. ...Read more

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How successful is rhogam for ABO incompatibility?

Not used for it: The ABO and rhesis blood grouping systems are separate issues altogether. Rhogam is used to prevent a rh- mother from becoming sensitized to a rh+ baby & developing antibodies that would destroy some babies blood for that or future pregnancies. The Rhogam has no effect on potential ABO issues. ...Read more

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Can you get fatigue after receiving rhogam shots?

Sure.: Immunoglobulin administration is meant to modify your immune system's response to fetal antigens and can certainly cause some mild fatigue along the way. ...Read more

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If the baby's father is Rh negative, should he get rhogam?

If the baby's father is Rh negative, should he get rhogam?

No: Rhogam is given to rh-negative pregnant women who may be carrying a baby that is rh positive. Rhogam will prevent a mother-to-be from having an immune response to the baby's rh factor. If this immune response were to occur, the baby might suffer some severe complications (hemolytic disease of the newborn). ...Read more

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Is it safe to donate blood if I have had the rhogam injection?

Is it safe to donate blood if I have had the rhogam injection?

Sure.: The blood bank will do antibody testing on the blood you donate and give it to the appropriate recipient — Rhogam does not preclude you from donating. ...Read more

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Do I need rhogam after amnio if thereis not indication of bleeding?

Yes.: There is only a small chance of having bleeding enough to cause isoimmunization (your body forming antibodies to your baby's rh positive blood) with an amniocentesis, but if it were to happen, the consequences for future pregnancies could be devastating. So we do recommend that rh negative women get Rhogam after amniocentesis. ...Read more

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Hi docs, is it true that rhogam shots are just for mothers with rh- blood?

Hi docs, is it true that rhogam shots are just for mothers with rh- blood?

Yes: That is my understanding. It helps prevent moms from developing anti rh + antibodies that might injure the fetus. ...Read more