"April 23, 2012 -- The shingles vaccine is "generally safe and well tolerated," according to a study of nearly 200,000 patients.
Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a painful rash caused by reactivation of chickenpox virus that has remained"...
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Some products that may interact with this vaccine include: cancer chemotherapy, corticosteroids (such as prednisone, dexamethasone), drugs that lower the immune system (such as cyclosporine, tacrolimus), certain antiviral drugs (such as acyclovir, famciclovir, valacyclovir).
OVERDOSE: Not applicable.
NOTES: This vaccine is given as a single dose.
Although this vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of getting shingles, it may not fully protect everyone who receives the vaccine.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist about the need for other vaccines to prevent potentially severe illness (e.g., flu shots).
MISSED DOSE: Not applicable.
STORAGE: Different brands of this medication have different storage needs. Check the product package for instructions on how to store your brand, or ask your pharmacist. Some brands may need to be stored in the freezer, while other brands may be stored in the refrigerator. If you are instructed to store it in the refrigerator, check with your pharmacist to see if the vaccine must be used within a short time. Protect from light.
Store the mixing liquid at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Do not freeze the mixing liquid. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Information last revised March 2015. Copyright(c) 2015 First Databank, Inc.
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