Haemophilus b conjugate/ hepatitis b vaccine

Generic Name: haemophilus b conjugate/hepatitis b (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.

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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's 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.
  • Haemophilus b conjugate/hepatitis b vaccine 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 about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, 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.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take haemophilus b conjugate/hepatitis b vaccine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about haemophilus b conjugate/hepatitis b vaccine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to haemophilus b conjugate/hepatitis b vaccine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using haemophilus b conjugate/hepatitis b vaccine.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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