Generic Name: rotavirus oral vaccine live (ROE-ta-VI-russ)
Brand Name: RotaTeq
RotaTeq is used for:
Preventing certain types of rotavirus infection in infants and children.
RotaTeq is a live viral vaccine for rotavirus. RotaTeq works by helping the immune system to protect against rotavirus.
Do NOT use RotaTeq if:
- the patient is allergic to any ingredient in RotaTeq
- the patient has severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) disease
- the patient has a history of a severe type of blockage or twisting of the intestine (intussusception)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to the patient.
Before using RotaTeq:
Some medical conditions may interact with RotaTeq. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if the patient has any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to the patient:
- if the patient is pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or is breast-feeding
- if the patient is taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if the patient has allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if the patient has any type of cancer, an infection, fever, or other current illness (eg, diarrhea, vomiting)
- if the patient or someone regularly in close contact with the patient has a history of a weakened immune system (eg, HIV infection, AIDS) or blood problems
- if the patient or someone regularly in close contact with the patient receives radiation treatment or takes medicine that may weaken the immune system, including an immunosuppressant (eg, cyclosporine) or a corticosteroid (eg, prednisone)
- if the patient has a history of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach or bowel problems (eg, blockage), chronic diarrhea, or stomach or bowel surgery
- if the patient has not been gaining weight or growing as expected
- if the patient has received a blood transfusion or blood product (eg, immune globulin) within the past 42 days
- if the patient has been exposed to the rotavirus before receiving RotaTeq
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with RotaTeq. Tell your health care provider if the patient is taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), immunosuppressants (eg, cyclosporine), or medicines to treat cancer because they may decrease RotaTeq's effectiveness
Ask your health care provider if RotaTeq may interact with other medicines that the patient takes. Check with your health care provider before the patient starts, stops, or changes the dose of any medicine.
How to use RotaTeq:
Use RotaTeq as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with RotaTeq. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- RotaTeq is usually given by mouth at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions that you may have about RotaTeq.
- RotaTeq requires 3 doses. If the patient misses a dose of RotaTeq, contact your doctor right away.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use RotaTeq.
Important safety information:
- The risk of a severe type of blockage or twisting of the intestine (intussusception) may be increased in infants and children after taking RotaTeq. If this occurs, most cases have happened within 7 days after the first dose. However, this can occur up to several weeks after the last dose. Seek medical attention right away if your child develops blood in the stool, high fever, severe or persistent diarrhea or vomiting, or severe stomach pain.
- RotaTeq may not protect everyone who receives it. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- RotaTeq should be used with caution in CHILDREN younger than 6 weeks old or older than 32 weeks old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: RotaTeq is not approved for use in patients of childbearing age. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk.
Possible side effects of RotaTeq:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Cough; irritability; mild fever, diarrhea, or vomiting; runny nose; sore throat.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); blood in the stool; change in bowel movements; ear pain; high fever; red eyes or mouth; severe or persistent stomach pain, diarrhea, or vomiting; swelling of the hands or feet; swollen glands; wheezing or coughing.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of RotaTeq:
RotaTeq is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using RotaTeq at home, store RotaTeq as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Protect from light. Keep RotaTeq out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about RotaTeq, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- RotaTeq is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take RotaTeq or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 RotaTeq. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to RotaTeq. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using RotaTeq.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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