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Drug information on Havrix (720) (Hepatitis A Vaccine) from GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Havrix (720)

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Generic : Hepatitis A Vaccine
Dhanalakshmi Chinnuswamy
Further Checked by The Medindia Medical Review Team on February, 2, 2017
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Medical Condition(s) for which Havrix (720) may be prescribed

Side effects of Havrix (720)

  Central Nervous System: Headache and tiredness.

  Local: Redness, soreness, swelling, redness, or warmth at the injection site and indurations at injection site.

  Miscellaneous: Loss of appetite, mild fever, nausea and transient soreness.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications)

IM- Single dose of 0.5 or 1 ml depending on the product and patient's age. Give booster dose 6-12 months after the initial dose. Give via subcutaneous administration in haemophiliacs.

How to use Havrix (720)?

It comes as a solution for injection administered by a health care provider into the large muscle.

When is Havrix (720) not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Severe immunodeficiency, allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of any hepatitis A-containing vaccine, or to any component of Hepatitis A vaccine including neomycin.
Malignant disease being treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy and for at least 6 months after stopping treatment.
Patients with compromised immune system such as those on high-dose systemic corticosteroids, immunosuppressant or HIV positive.

Warnings and Precautions for Havrix (720)

Hepatitis A vaccine becomes effective after a period of at least 2 weeks. A second dose is administered 6 to 12 months after the first dose.

• It should not be used in children younger than 12 months old.

• Alcohol or disinfectant used for cleaning the skin prior to injection should be allowed to evaporate completely before vaccination to prevent vaccine inactivation.

• Caution needed for patients with history of illnesses or infections, blood disorders, immune system disorders, any allergies, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Other Precautions for Havrix (720)

For IM injection only. Not for IV or intradermal administration.

Storage Conditions for Havrix (720)

It is usually handled and stored by a health care provider.

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