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Gardasil 9

Generic Name: Papillomavirus (9-Valent) Vaccine (Human, Recombinant) (pap ih LO ma VYE rus nine VAY lent vak SEEN YU man ree KOM be nant)
Brand Name: Gardasil 9

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 26, 2020.

Uses of Gardasil 9:

  • It is used to prevent anal cancer, genital warts, and anal growths that may lead to cancer.
  • It is used to prevent these health problems caused by HPV: Cervical cancer; vaginal or vulvar cancer; and cervical, vaginal, or vulvar growths that may lead to cancer.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Gardasil 9?

  • If you are allergic to Gardasil 9 (papillomavirus (9-valent) vaccine (human, recombinant)); any part of Gardasil 9 (papillomavirus (9-valent) vaccine (human, recombinant)); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

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 Gardasil 9 (papillomavirus (9-valent) vaccine (human, recombinant)) 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 Gardasil 9?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Gardasil 9 (papillomavirus (9-valent) vaccine (human, recombinant)). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • This medicine may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor.
  • Women taking Gardasil 9 (papillomavirus (9-valent) vaccine (human, recombinant)) need to be sure to have regular gynecology check-ups. Your doctor will tell you how often to have these. Talk with your doctor.
  • Be sure to have regular anal cancer screenings if your doctor has told you to. Your doctor will tell you how often to have these. Talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Gardasil 9 (papillomavirus (9-valent) vaccine (human, recombinant)) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Gardasil 9) best taken?

Use Gardasil 9 (papillomavirus (9-valent) vaccine (human, recombinant)) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot into a muscle.
  • Your doctor will give Gardasil 9 (papillomavirus (9-valent) vaccine (human, recombinant)).

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.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Trouble controlling body movements.
  • Seizures.
  • Joint pain.
  • Swollen gland.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Chills.
  • Leg pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Muscle pain or weakness.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Signs of skin infection like oozing, heat, swelling, redness, or pain.

What are some other side effects of Gardasil 9?

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:

  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Mild fever.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Sore throat.
  • Belly pain.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Pain where the shot was given.
  • Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
  • Irritation where the shot is given.
  • Small bump where the shot is given.

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 Gardasil 9?

  • This medicine will be given in a hospital or doctor's office. If stored at home, follow how to store as you were told by the doctor or pharmacist.

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 Gardasil 9 (papillomavirus (9-valent) vaccine (human, recombinant)), 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.