What is RotaTeq?RotaTeq is a vaccine that is given to infants to help protect them against an infection called rotavirus. Rotavirus can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea that may be severe and can lead to dehydration, hospitalization, and even death in some children.
What is the most important information I should know about RotaTeq?RotaTeq is an oral vaccine that is given in a three-set series to infants starting at 6 to 12 weeks of age. The following two doses are separated out by 4 to 10 weeks. However, the third dose should not be given after 32 weeks of age.
RotaTeq may not fully protect all children who receive the vaccine. If your child already has the virus, this vaccine will not help them.
The use of RotaTeq may cause intussusception (an intestinal blockage). It is important to immediately notify your physician if your child develops any type of vomiting, diarrhea, severe stomach pain, blood in their stool, or change in bowel movements.
Who should not take RotaTeq?Do not give your child RotaTeq if he/she is allergic to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of RotaTeq?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications your child has been taking. Also, talk to your doctor about your child's medical history, especially if he/she has illness with fever; has diarrhea or has been vomiting; has not been gaining weight or has not been growing as expected; has a blood disorder, has any type of cancer; has a weakened immune system because of a disease (including HIV/AIDS); gets treatment or takes medicines that may weaken the immune system (such as steroids); has received a blood transfusion or blood products within the past 42 days; was born with gastrointestinal problems or had a gastrointestinal blockage; has had abdominal surgery; or has regular contact with a member of the household that has a weak immune system.
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.
The vaccination series consists of three ready-to-use liquid doses of RotaTeq administered orally starting at 6 to 12 weeks of age, with the subsequent doses administered at 4- to 10-week intervals. The third dose should not be given after 32 weeks of age.
How should I take RotaTeq?Your child's healthcare provider will administer each dose by gently squeezing the liquid into the infant's mouth toward the inner cheek until the dosing tube is empty. If for any reason an incomplete dose is administered (infant spits or vomits the vaccine), a replacement dose is not recommended, since such dosing was not studied properly. The infant should continue to receive any remaining doses in the recommended series.
What should I avoid while taking RotaTeq?Avoid having your child skip any of the three doses of RotaTeq. It is not known how well the vaccine will protect against rotavirus if any of the three doses are skipped.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with RotaTeq?If RotaTeq 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 RotaTeq with immunosuppressive therapies (such as antimetabolites, alkylating agents, cytotoxic drugs, corticosteroids, or radiation therapy).
What are the possible side effects of RotaTeq?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: diarrhea, difficulty breathing, ear infection, irritability, inflammation of the nose and throat, vomiting
Can I receive RotaTeq if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?RotaTeq is indicated for use in infants between the ages of six weeks and 32 weeks. It is not indicated for use in women of childbearing age.
What should I do if I miss a dose of RotaTeq?All three doses of the vaccine should be given to your child by 32 weeks of age. Your doctor will tell you when your child should come for the follow-up doses; it is important to keep those appointments. If you forget or are not able to go back at the planned time, ask your doctor for advice.
How should I store RotaTeq?Store in the refrigerator and protect from light. Once removed from the refrigerator, RotaTeq should be used as quickly as possible.