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Drug Information for VARIPED Vaccine

What is VARIPED used for?

VARIPED is used for the prevention of chickenpox infection.

VARIPED may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does VARIPED work?

VARIPED belongs to the class of drugs called immunising agents. The drug acts by stimulating the production of antibodies that inhibits the viral replication and prevents the infection. Thus, it helps in stimulating the body’s immune system.

How to administer VARIPED?

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

VARIPED should be administered only under the medical supervision. Always use a disposable needle and syringe for injecting the medicine.

The Chickenpox Vaccine (VARIPED) is given in two doses. A gap of 4-8 weeks is left between the first dose and the second dose.

If you miss a dose of VARIPED, please consult your doctor immediately.

What are the drugs that interact with VARIPED?

Drugs that interact with VARIPED include the following:

  • Azathioprine
  • Dactinomycin
  • Dexamethasone
  • Docetaxel
  • Everolimus
  • Fludarabine
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Ifosfamide
  • Leflunomide
  • Lidocaine
  • Lomustine
  • Melphalan
  • Tacrolimus
  • Triamcinolone

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 VARIPED?

The following are the most common side effects of VARIPED:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Dizziness
  • Pain/redness/inflammation at injection site
  • Allergic reaction
  • Itching at infusion site
  • Trouble breathing
  • Muscle pain

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 VARIPED?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to VARIPED or similar drugs.
  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while receiving VARIPED.
  • Avoid using salicylates for at least 6 weeks after receiving VARIPED.
  • Avoid receiving VARIPED if you are allergic to gelatine.

You are advised not to receive VARIPED if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before receiving VARIPED?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of active tuberculosis
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Inform your doctor if you recently had a blood transfusion.

Frequently Asked questions about VARIPED

  1. Can I receive VARIPED while having an infection?
  2. Inform your doctor before receiving VARIPED if you are having any infections.

  3. How should VARIPED be stored?
  4. VARIPED should be refrigerated at 2 – 80C. The diluent can be stored at room temperature between 200C and 250C).

  5. Is it safe to receive VARIPED while undergoing cancer treatment?
  6. Avoid receiving VARIPED while undergoing chemotherapy or radiation to treat certain cancers.

  7. Can I receive VARIPED if I have high body temperature?
  8. No. Avoid receiving VARIPED while suffering from high fever.

  9. Is it safe to receive VARIPED during pregnancy?
  10. Avoid receiving VARIPED during pregnancy as it may cause harm to the developing foetus. Notify your doctor immediately if you conceive within 3 months of receiving VARIPED.


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