Rotarix

Generic Name: Rotavirus vaccine

  • What is Rotarix?

    Rotarix is a vaccine that protects your baby from a virus called a rotavirus, which can cause serious diarrhea and vomiting.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Rotarix?

    Rotarix should not be administered to your child if he or she has any uncorrected congenital gastrointestinal malformations.
  • Who should not take Rotarix?

    Rotarix should not be given to anyone allergic to any component of the vaccine or to latex rubber.

    Rotarix should not be given to infants experiencing acute diarrhea or vomiting until they have recovered.

    Rotarix should not be administered to your child if he or she has any uncorrected congenital gastrointestinal malformations..

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

    Tell your doctor about all vaccines, prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications your child has received before beginning treatment with Rotarix. Tell you doctor if your baby has had an allergic reaction to the last dose of Rotarix, is allergic to latex rubber, has cancer or decreased immunity, or if your child will be in close contact with someone who has a problem with his/her immune system or is getting treated for cancer.
  • 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.

    Children 6 weeks to 24 weeks old: The vaccination series consist of two 1 milliliter (mL) doses administered orally. The first dose is administered at 6 weeks of age. The second dose should be given after an interval of 4 weeks but no later than 24 weeks of age.

  • How should I take Rotarix?

    Rotarix is given as a drops into your baby's mouth.
  • What should I avoid while taking Rotarix?

    Avoid bringing your baby around anyone with cancer or an impaired immune system after he or she receives the vaccination
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Rotarix?

    If Rotarix is administered with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important not to combine Rotarix with immunosuppressive therapies including irradiation, cytotoxic drugs, and corticosteroids, as they reduce immune response to Rotarix.
  • What are the possible side effects of Rotarix?

    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: crying, diarrhea, abdominal pain, high fever, fussiness, vomiting

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

    The effects of Rotarix during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Rotarix?

    If your child is experiencing diarrhea or vomiting or you miss an appointment for some other reason, reschedule. But your child must finish the 2-dose course by 24 weeks of age.
  • How should I store Rotarix?

    Rotarix is administered in your doctor's office.