Zoster Vaccine (Recombinant)
Generic Name: Zoster Vaccine (Recombinant) (ZOS ter vak SEEN ree KOM be nant)
Brand Name: Shingrix
Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018
Uses of Zoster Vaccine:
- It is used to prevent shingles.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Zoster Vaccine?
- If you have an allergy to zoster vaccine (recombinant) or any part of zoster vaccine (recombinant).
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 zoster vaccine (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 Zoster Vaccine?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take zoster vaccine (recombinant). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using zoster vaccine (recombinant) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Zoster Vaccine) best taken?
Use zoster vaccine (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.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
What are some other side effects of Zoster Vaccine?
- Pain where the shot was given.
- Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
- Muscle pain.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Belly pain.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Zoster Vaccine?
- If you need to store zoster vaccine (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 all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about zoster vaccine (recombinant), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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- Drug class: viral vaccines
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