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Papillomavirus (Types 16, 18) Vaccine (Human, Recombinant)

Generic Name: Papillomavirus (Types 16, 18) Vaccine (Human, Recombinant) (pap ih LO ma VYE rus typs SIX teen AYE teen vak SEEN YU man ree KOM be nant)

Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

Uses of Papillomavirus Vaccine:

  • It is used to prevent these health problems caused by HPV: Cervical cancer or cervical growths that may lead to cancer.

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

  • If you have an allergy to papillomavirus (types 16, 18) vaccine (human, recombinant) or any part of papillomavirus (types 16, 18) vaccine (human, recombinant).
  • 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 have an infection or an illness with a fever.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not use papillomavirus (types 16, 18) vaccine (human, recombinant) if you are pregnant.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with papillomavirus (types 16, 18) vaccine (human, recombinant).

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 papillomavirus (types 16, 18) 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 Papillomavirus Vaccine?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take papillomavirus (types 16, 18) 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.
  • If you have HPV, talk with your doctor.
  • Women taking papillomavirus (types 16, 18) 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.
  • Use birth control to prevent pregnancy for 2 months after getting papillomavirus (types 16, 18) vaccine (human, recombinant).
  • If you get pregnant within 2 months after getting papillomavirus (types 16, 18) vaccine (human, recombinant), 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 (Papillomavirus Vaccine) best taken?

Use papillomavirus (types 16, 18) 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.

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.

What are some other side effects of Papillomavirus 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:

  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle or joint pain.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Belly pain.
  • Fever.
  • Pain where the shot was given.
  • Redness or swelling 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-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

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 Papillomavirus Vaccine?

  • If you need to store papillomavirus (types 16, 18) vaccine (human, recombinant) 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 papillomavirus (types 16, 18) 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.

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