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ProQuad

Generic Name: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella Virus Vaccine Injection (MEE zels, mumpz, roo BEL a, & var i SEL a VYE rus vak SEEN)
Brand Name: ProQuad

Uses of ProQuad:

  • It is used to prevent measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), and varicella (chickenpox).

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take ProQuad?

For all patients taking ProQuad (measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella virus vaccine injection):

  • If your child has an allergy to any part of this medicine.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child has 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 your child is taking any drugs to suppress the immune system. This may be certain doses of steroids like prednisone. This does not apply to children taking steroids for certain health problems like Addison's disease. There are many drugs that can suppress the immune system. Ask your child's doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • If your child has had any of these within the past 5 months: Blood transfusion, plasma transfusion, immune globulin like varicella-zoster immune globulin.

If your child is pregnant:

  • If your child is pregnant or plans to get pregnant within the next 3 months. Do not give ProQuad to your child if she is pregnant or if she is planning to get pregnant within the next 3 months.

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

Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child's drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take ProQuad with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take ProQuad?

For all patients taking ProQuad (measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella virus vaccine injection):

  • Tell all of your child's health care providers that your child is taking ProQuad. This includes your child's doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • If your child has a TB skin test soon after getting this vaccine, tell the doctor that your child has gotten the vaccine.
  • This medicine may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor.
  • Rarely, your child can spread the chickenpox virus to others after getting this vaccine. When able to, have your child avoid close contact with certain people. People like newborns, pregnant women who have not had chickenpox, and people with weak immune systems. Do this for up to 6 weeks after your child gets this vaccine. Talk with the doctor if your child cannot avoid close contact with these people.
  • Some children have had a fever and seizures caused by fevers with this vaccine. Talk with your child's doctor.
  • If your child is allergic to eggs, talk with the doctor.
  • Do not give aspirin or products like aspirin for at least 6 weeks after your child gets this vaccine. The chance of a very bad illness called Reye's syndrome may be raised. Reye's syndrome causes damage to the brain and liver.
  • Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 1 year of age.
  • This medicine is not approved for use in children older than 12 years of age or in adults. Talk with the doctor.

If your child is or may be sexually active:

  • Have your child use birth control to prevent pregnancy for 3 months after taking ProQuad.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if your child takes it during pregnancy.
  • If your child gets pregnant within 3 months after getting this vaccine, call the doctor right away.
  • Tell the doctor if your child is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about any risks to the baby.

How is this medicine (ProQuad) best taken?

Give this medicine as ordered by your child's doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot under the skin.
  • Your child's doctor will give ProQuad.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your child's 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 child's doctor or get medical help right away if your child has 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.
  • Seizures.

What are some other side effects of ProQuad?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child's doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

  • Pain where the shot was given.
  • Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
  • Fever.
  • Feeling fussy.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child's doctor. Call your child's 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 ProQuad?

  • If you need to store this medicine at home, talk with your child's doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your child's symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child's doctor.
  • Do not share your child's drug with others and do not give anyone else's drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • Talk with your child's doctor before giving your child 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. If you have any questions about ProQuad, please talk with your child's doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • 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.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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