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Rotarix Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is rotavirus oral vaccine (Rotarix)?
- What are the possible side effects of rotavirus oral vaccine (Rotarix)?
- What is the most important information I should know about rotavirus oral vaccine (Rotarix)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving rotavirus oral vaccine (Rotarix)?
- How is rotavirus oral vaccine given (Rotarix)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Rotarix)?
- What happens if I overdose (Rotarix)?
- What should I avoid after receiving rotavirus oral vaccine (Rotarix)?
- What other drugs will affect rotavirus oral vaccine (Rotarix)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Rotarix)?
Contact your doctor if you miss a booster dose or if you get behind schedule. Your child may not be protected from rotavirus if the doses aren't given within 10 weeks of each other. Be sure your child receives all recommended doses of this vaccine.
What happens if I overdose (Rotarix)?
An overdose of this vaccine is unlikely to occur.
What should I avoid after receiving rotavirus oral vaccine (Rotarix)?
Avoid receiving the doses of this vaccine in different clinics or from different doctors. Your child should receive the same brand of rotavirus oral vaccine for all doses given. Different brands of this vaccine may not have the same dosing or booster schedule.
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
What other drugs will affect rotavirus oral vaccine (Rotarix)?
Before receiving this vaccine, tell the doctor about all other vaccines your child has received.
Also tell the doctor if your child has recently received drugs or treatments that can weaken the immune system, including:
- an oral, nasal, inhaled, or injectable steroid medicine;
- chemotherapy or radiation;
- medications to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune disorders, such as azathioprine (Imuran), efalizumab (Raptiva), etanercept (Enbrel), leflunomide (Arava), and others; or
- medicines to treat or prevent organ transplant rejection, such as basiliximab (Simulect), cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral, Gengraf), muromonab-CD3 (Orthoclone), mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept), sirolimus (Rapamune), or tacrolimus (Prograf).
If your child is using any of these medications, he or she may not be able to receive the vaccine, or may need to wait until the other treatments are finished.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with this vaccine. Tell your doctor about all medications your child receives. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about this vaccine. Additional information is available from your local health department or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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