PNEUMOVAX 23 Injection 0.5ml

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Drug Information for PNEUMOVAX 23 Injection 0.5ml

What is Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine used for?

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine is used for the prevention of pneumococcal infections. It is also indicated for the people who are at a higher risk of infections.

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine work?

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine belongs to the class of drugs called immunising agents. This drug acts by inducing the immune response against the bacteria, which helps to prevent the infection caused due to Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria.                                            

How to administer Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual.

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine injection should be administered only under medical supervision. Please consult your doctor for dosing schedule.

In case of a missed dose of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine, please consult your doctor immediately.

What are the drugs that interact with Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine?

Drugs that interact with Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine include the following:

  • Adalimumab
  • Betamethasone
  • Cytarabine
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Lomustine
  • Prednisolone

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine?

The following are the most common side effects of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine:

  • Chills
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea
  • Pain at injection site
  • Vomiting

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Inflammation and redness at injection site
  • Severe diarrhoea

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while receiving Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine or similar drugs.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine.
  • Keep the medication away from children.

What should you tell your doctor before receiving Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of food or drug allergies.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Tell your doctor if you are suffering from infections or fever before receiving the vaccine.

Frequently asked questions about Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine

  1. What are the benefits of receiving Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine?
  2. Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine is beneficial in preventing 23 types of bacterial and other infections. It is most beneficial in patients above 65 years of age.

  3. How should Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine be stored?
  4. Store Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine in refrigerator (2 – 8?C). do not freeze it.

  5. Can I use Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine to cure existing pneumonia?
  6. No, Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine is used to prevent pneumonia. It doesn’t treat any existing condition.

  7. When can I take a second dose of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine?
  8. The second dose of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine is advised only after 5 years of administering the first dose.


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