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All about: Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine

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Generic Name: Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine (hem-OFF-fill-us B KON-ju-get/hep-a-TYE-tiss)
Brand Name: Comvax

Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine is used for:

Preventing infection caused by Haemophilus influenzae type B bacteria and hepatitis B virus.

Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against Haemophilus influenzae type B bacteria and hepatitis B virus.

Do NOT use Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • you have a fever

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine:

Some medical conditions may interact with Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have an infection, heart or lung problems, multiple sclerosis, a bleeding disorder (eg, hemophilia), low platelet counts, or cancer
  • if you have a weakened immune system or are taking an immunosuppressive medicine (eg, cyclosporine)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Immunosuppressive medicines (eg, cyclosporine) because they may decrease Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine's effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine:

Use Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine is usually administered as an injection at your doctor'пїЅs office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • If you miss a dose of Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine.

Important safety information:

  • Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine may cause fever, irritability, and redness, tenderness, or a lump at the injection site. These symptoms should go away within 1 to 2 days.
  • This medicine is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 6 weeks of age or older than 15 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in these age groups have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine if you are pregnant. If you suspect that you could be pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. It is unknown if Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Crying; irritability; loss of appetite; low-grade fever; redness, tenderness, or a lump at the injection site; sleepiness; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); high fever (above 103 degrees F).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine:

Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine at home, store Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Haemophilus B Conjugate/Hepatitis B Vaccine. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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