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Generic Name: Hepatitis A Vaccine (Havrix) (hep-ah-TY-tiss)
Brand Name: Havrix

Havrix is used for:

Preventing hepatitis A infection.

Havrix is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against hepatitis A infection.

Do NOT use Havrix if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Havrix , including neomycin

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

Before using Havrix :

Some medical conditions may interact with Havrix . 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 are allergic to latex or dry natural rubber
  • if you have a weakened immune system, fever, or infection, or you are taking immunosuppressive therapy (eg, cyclosporine)
  • if you have a bleeding disorder

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Havrix . However, no specific interactions with Havrix are known at this time.

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

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

  • Havrix is usually administered as an injection at your doctor"s office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions that you may have about Havrix .
  • Shake well before using a dose.
  • If you miss a dose of Havrix , contact your doctor immediately.

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

Important safety information:

  • Before receiving this vaccine, tell your doctor about any illnesses you may have or if you are sick.
  • It may take at least 2 weeks before Havrix will protect you from hepatitis A. A booster dose is recommended 6 to 12 months later for more complete protection.
  • Travelers to areas where hepatitis A virus is common should take all necessary precautions to avoid contact with hepatitis A virus (eg, contaminated food and water). Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for specific travel destination information.
  • Additional monitoring of your dose or condition may be needed if you are taking an anticoagulant (eg, warfarin).
  • Havrix is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Havrix during pregnancy. It is unknown if Havrix is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Havrix , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Havrix :

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:

Headache; loss of appetite; nausea; redness, soreness, swelling, or warmth at the injection site; slight fever; tiredness.

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 http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Havrix :

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Havrix , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Havrix 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 a summary only. It does not contain all information about Havrix . 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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