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Gardasil

Gardasil

Gardasil Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Gardasil

Generic Name: human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, quadrivalent (Pronunciation: HYOO man pap il OH ma VI rus vax EEN, kwa dri VAY lent)

What is human papillomavirus vaccine (Gardasil)?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause genital warts, cancer of the cervix, and various cancers of the vulva or vagina.

The quadrivalent (kwa-dri-VAY-lent) form of HPV vaccine (Gardasil) is used in both females and males. Another form of HPV vaccine (Cervarix) is used only in females. This medication guide provides information only for Gardasil.

HPV quadrivalent vaccine (Gardasil) is used to prevent genital warts and cervical/vaginal/anal cancers caused by certain types of HPV (types 6, 11, 16, and 18) in girls and young women ages 9 through 26.

HPV quadrivalent vaccine is also used to prevent genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11 in boys and young men ages 9 through 26.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends HPV vaccine for all girls ages 11 or 12 years old. The vaccine is also recommended in girls and women ages 13 through 26 years old who have not already received the vaccine or have not completed all booster shots.

You may receive this vaccine even if you have already had genital warts, or had a positive HPV test or abnormal pap smear in the past. However, this vaccine will not treat active genital warts or HPV-related cancers, and it will not cure HPV infection.

HPV vaccine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of human papillomavirus vaccine (Gardasil)?

You should not receive a booster vaccine if you have had a life-threatening allergic reaction after the first shot.

Developing cancer from HPV is much more dangerous to your health than receiving the vaccine to protect against it. However, like any medicine, this vaccine can cause side effects but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

You may feel faint after receiving this vaccine. Some people have had seizure-like reactions after receiving this vaccine. Your doctor may want you to remain under observation during the first 15 minutes after the injection.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe stomach pain;
  • swollen glands;
  • easy bruising or bleeding, confusion, unusual weakness;
  • fever, chills, body aches, general ill feeling;
  • chest pain; or
  • feeling short of breath.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • pain, swelling, redness, bruising, or itching where the shot was given;
  • mild fever, headache, dizziness, tired feeling;
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough; or
  • tooth pain, joint or muscle pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report vaccine side effects to the US Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-822-7967.

Read the Gardasil (quadrivalent human papillomavirus (types 6, 11, 16, 18) recombinant vaccine) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about human papillomavirus vaccine (Gardasil)?

The quadrivalent (kwa-dri-VAY-lent) form of HPV vaccine (Gardasil) is used in both females and males. Another form of HPV vaccine (Cervarix) is used only in females. This medication guide provides information only for Gardasil.

You should not receive a booster vaccine if you have had a life-threatening allergic reaction after the first shot.

Before receiving HPV quadrivalent vaccine, tell your doctor if you have a high fever or signs of infection, a weak immune system, a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia, or if you are taking a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends HPV vaccine for all girls ages 11 or 12 years old. The vaccine is also recommended in girls and women ages 13 through 26 years old who have not already received the vaccine or have not completed all booster shots.

HPV vaccine should not be used in place of having a routine pelvic exam and Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer.

You may receive this vaccine even if you have already had genital warts, or had a positive HPV test or abnormal pap smear in the past. However, this vaccine will not treat active genital warts or HPV-related cancers, and it will not cure HPV infection.

You may feel faint after receiving this vaccine. Some people have had seizure-like reactions after receiving this vaccine. Your doctor may want you to remain under observation during the first 15 minutes after the injection.

Developing cancer from HPV is much more dangerous to your health than receiving the vaccine to protect against it. However, like any medicine, this vaccine can cause side effects but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.

HPV vaccine will not protect against sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.

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