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

Gardasil 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.

Gardasil is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against HPV infection.

Do NOT use Gardasil if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Gardasil

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

Before using Gardasil :

Some medical conditions may interact with Gardasil . 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 Gardasil . 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 Gardasil "s effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Gardasil 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 Gardasil :

Use Gardasil as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Gardasil is usually given as an injection at your doctor"s office, hospital, or clinic.
  • Gardasil 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 Gardasil , contact your doctor to reschedule your vaccine.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Gardasil .

Important safety information:

  • Gardasil may not provide protection against HPV infection in all recipients. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Gardasil is only effective against certain types of HPV. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Gardasil 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.
  • Gardasil 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 Gardasil .
  • Gardasil 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 Gardasil if you are pregnant. If you think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor before you receive Gardasil . It is not known if Gardasil is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Gardasil , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Gardasil :

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 Gardasil :

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Gardasil , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Gardasil 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 Gardasil . 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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