Cervarix

Generic Name: Human Papillomavirus Recombinant Vaccine, Bivalent

  • What is Cervarix?

    Cervarix is a vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer and precancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Cervarix is a vaccine for girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 25.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cervarix?

    Cervarix does not prevent disease due to all HPV types and is not a treatment for cervical cancer. It is important to get routine cervical cancer screening, such as a Pap smear.

    Vaccination with Cervarix may not protect all people who receive the vaccine.

    Fainting (syncope) has occurred in some women following vaccination. Therefore, your doctor will most likely want to monitor you for 15 minutes after you have received the vaccine to make sure you do not become faint.

    Cervarix prefilled injections contain latex components. Notify your doctor prior to vaccination if you are allergic to latex.

  • Who should not take Cervarix?

    Do not take Cervarix if you are allergic to it or any of its components.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cervarix?

    Talk to your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cervarix. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a latex allergy, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or if you have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised).

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval. Girls and young women 10-25 years: Cervarix is an injection given in the upper arm muscle as three separate doses according to the following schedule: the first dose on the date you and your doctor choose, the second dose at 1 month after the first dose, and the third dose at 6 months after the first dose.
  • How should I take Cervarix?

    This vaccine will be given to you by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cervarix?

    Avoid missing any of the scheduled doses.

    After receiving the vaccine, avoid engaging in any activities until you are aware of how the vaccine affects you.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cervarix?

    If Cervarix is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Cervarix with medications that suppress the immune system.

  • What are the possible side effects of Cervarix?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: injection-site reactions (such as pain, redness, swelling), fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, joint pain, muscle pain, rash, fever, hives

  • Can I receive Cervarix if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Cervarix during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Cervarix is not recommended for use in pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant during the vaccination course. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Cervarix?

    Contact your doctor if you miss a scheduled dose of Cervarix.

  • How should I store Cervarix?

    Cervarix will be stored by your doctor.

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