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Cholera Vaccine

Generic Name: Cholera Vaccine (KOL er a vak SEEN)
Brand Name: Vaxchora

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 10, 2020.

Uses of Cholera Vaccine:

  • It is used to prevent cholera.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Cholera Vaccine?

  • If you are allergic to cholera vaccine; any part of cholera vaccine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you have taken an antibiotic within the last 14 days.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with cholera vaccine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take cholera vaccine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Cholera Vaccine?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take cholera vaccine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • If you will be starting a drug called chloroquine within 10 days after taking cholera vaccine, talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine has a live virus in it. Your stool may contain the virus from this vaccine for at least 7 days after you take cholera vaccine. During this time, the virus can transfer to your close contacts. The chance may be raised in newborns and in close contacts who have immune system problems. For at least 14 days after taking cholera vaccine, wash your hands well after using the bathroom and before making or handling food.
  • Use care when eating food and drinking water in disease-affected areas. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.

How is this medicine (Cholera Vaccine) best taken?

Use cholera vaccine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take before travel to cholera-affected areas as you have been told by your doctor. If you have questions, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Take by mouth only.
  • Do not eat or drink anything within 60 minutes before or after taking cholera vaccine.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

What are some other side effects of Cholera Vaccine?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Cholera Vaccine?

  • If you need to store cholera vaccine at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about cholera vaccine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.