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M-M-R II

Generic Name: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine (MEE zels, mumpz & roo BEL a VYE rus vak SEEN)
Brand Name: M-M-R II

Uses of M-M-R II:

  • It is used to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take M-M-R II?

  • If you have an allergy to M-M-R II (measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine) or any part of this medicine.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant within the next 3 months. Do not take M-M-R II if you are pregnant or if you are planning to get pregnant within the next 3 months.
  • If you have any of these health problems: A blood disease, a weak immune system like HIV or AIDS, active TB (tuberculosis) that is not being treated, an illness with a fever, cancer in the bone marrow or lymph systems like leukemia or lymphoma, or low blood levels of gamma globulin.
  • If a family member has had immune system problems.
  • If you are taking any drugs to suppress your immune system. This may be certain doses of steroids like prednisone. This does not apply to people taking steroids for certain health problems like Addison's disease. There are many drugs that can suppress your immune system. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • If you have had any of these within the past 3 months: Blood transfusion, plasma transfusion, or immune globulin.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

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 M-M-R II 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 M-M-R II?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • This medicine may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you have a TB skin test after recent use of this vaccine, tell your doctor that you have gotten the vaccine.
  • If you are allergic to eggs, talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant.
  • Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy for 3 months after taking M-M-R II.
  • If you get pregnant within 3 months after getting this medicine, call your doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (M-M-R II) best taken?

Use M-M-R II as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
  • Your doctor will give this medicine.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

Dosage Information (comprehensive)

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 or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Change in how you act.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Seizures.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Swelling of the testicles.
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Trouble walking.

What are some other side effects of M-M-R II?

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:

  • Burning.
  • Stinging.
  • Fever.
  • Joint pain or swelling.

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-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Side Effects (complete list)

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 M-M-R II?

  • If you need to store M-M-R II at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • 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 a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine, 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.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take M-M-R II or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. 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 M-M-R II (measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: December 6, 2017

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