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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

Medically reviewed on September 5, 2018

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 M-M-R II (measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine).
  • 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 (measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine) 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 M-M-R II (measles, mumps, and rubella virus 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 M-M-R II (measles, mumps, and rubella virus 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 M-M-R II?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take M-M-R II (measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine). 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 (measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine).
  • If you get pregnant within 3 months after getting M-M-R II (measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine), 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 (measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine) 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 M-M-R II (measles, mumps, and rubella virus vaccine).

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

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.
  • 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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

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 (measles, mumps, and rubella virus 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 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.
  • 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 M-M-R II (measles, mumps, and rubella virus 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.

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