Generic Name : Zoster Vaccine Live Pronunciation : ZOS-ter
International- Zostavax. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is an attenuated live vaccine, prescribed for preventing herpes zoster (shingles). It works by helping the body immune system to protect from varicella-zoster vaccine (VZV). When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): Contraindicated in patients with weakened immune system, tuberculosis, hypersensitivity, and in pregnant women.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
SC- The recommended dose is 0.65-mL as a single dose, in the deltoid region of the upper arm. How it should be taken :
It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider under the skin. Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution needed for breastfeeding women and people who have received any other vaccination.
* Avoid intramuscular or intravenous administration.
* It should not be used in children. Side Effects :
Local - Pain, redness, swelling, itching, warmth, blood clot, induration.
Gastrointestinal - Nausea.
Skin - Rash.
Musculoskeletal - Joint pain and muscle pain.
General - Fever, hives, swelling of lymph nodes.
* Avoid excess dosage. Storage Conditions :
Store the medication as directed by your physician.
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