Human Papillomavirus

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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

Generic Name: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine (PAP-i-LO-ma-VI-rus)
Brand Name: Gardasil

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is used for:

Preventing certain diseases (eg, cervical cancer; genital warts; cervical, vulvar, or vaginal lesions or tumors) caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in females 9 to 26 years old.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against HPV infection.

Do NOT use Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine :

Some medical conditions may interact with Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have or have recently had a fever
  • if you have HIV infection or a weakened immune system
  • if you have bleeding or blood problems (eg, hemophilia, low blood platelet levels)
  • if you are taking an anticoagulant (eg, warfarin)
  • if you are receiving radiation therapy or cancer chemotherapy
  • if you are scheduled to receive any other vaccines

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Alkylating agents (eg, cyclophosphamide), antimetabolites (eg, fluorouracil, methotrexate), cytotoxics (eg, cisplatin), or corticosteroids (eg, prednisone) because they may decrease Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine "s effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine :

Use Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is usually given as an injection at your doctor"s office, hospital, or clinic.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is given as a series of 3 separate injections. The first dose is given on a date chosen by you and your doctor. The second dose is given 2 months after the first dose. The third dose is given 6 months after the first dose. Be sure to keep all doctor appointments.
  • If you miss a dose of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine , contact your doctor to reschedule your vaccine.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine .

Important safety information:

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine may not provide protection against HPV infection in all recipients. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is only effective against certain types of HPV. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is not a treatment for patients already infected with HPV. It does not cure active genital warts, cervical cancer, or other lesions or tumors caused by HPV infection.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is not a treatment for diseases that are not caused by HPV.
  • Continue to have regular Pap smears and routine cervical cancer screenings as directed by your doctor even after you receive Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine .
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 9 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine if you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor before you receive Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine . It is not known if Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild fever; pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine :

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine at home, store Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is summary only. It does not contain all information about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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