Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018
Uses of PedvaxHIB:
- It is used to prevent Haemophilus influenzae type b disease.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take PedvaxHIB?
- If you have an allergy to any part of PedvaxHIB (b conjugate 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.
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 PedvaxHIB (b conjugate 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 PedvaxHIB?
For all patients taking PedvaxHIB (b conjugate vaccine):
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take PedvaxHIB (b conjugate 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 latex allergy, talk with your doctor. Some products have latex.
- This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take PedvaxHIB (b conjugate vaccine).
- Some children may need to have more than 1 dose of this vaccine. Talk with your child's 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 PedvaxHIB (b conjugate vaccine) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- If your child was born premature, talk with the doctor. Trouble breathing has happened in these children after getting some vaccines.
How is this medicine (PedvaxHIB) best taken?
Use PedvaxHIB (b conjugate vaccine) 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 PedvaxHIB (b conjugate 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.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Not able to move face muscles as much.
- Trouble controlling body movements.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Muscle weakness.
- Change in eyesight.
- High fever.
What are some other side effects of PedvaxHIB?
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:
- Pain where the shot was given.
- Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- Feeling irritable.
- Feeling fussy.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Not hungry.
- Mild fever.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
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:
How do I store and/or throw out PedvaxHIB?
- If you need to store PedvaxHIB (b conjugate 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 PedvaxHIB (b conjugate vaccine), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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