TYPHOID VACCINE


VIVOTIF BERNA CAPSULE (Form of TYPHOID VACCINE - ORAL ENTERIC COATED CAPSULE)

This is a brand name form of TYPHOID VACCINE. USES: This medication is a vaccine used to prevent typhoid fever in persons who are at risk.


HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION

Take this medication by mouth as directed, usually one capsule is taken every other day for 4 doses. Swallow the capsule whole with a cold or lukewarm drink one hour before a meal. Swallow capsule as soon as possible after placed in the mouth. Do not chew it or take it with warm or hot liquid. Replace any broken or cracked capsule.


SIDE EFFECTS

Nausea, diarrhea, skin rash, headache or mild fever may occur. If these symptoms continue or become bothersome notify your doctor. Report breathing or swallowing difficulty, itching, swelling of face for eyes, or sudden and severe tiredness.


PRECAUTIONS

This medication should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you have any illnesses, infections, allergies or if you are having radiation therapy.


DRUG INTERACTIONS

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially steroids (prednisone-like drugs), cancer drugs, immunosuppressants, sulfa drugs, other antibiotics, antimalarial drugs or other live vaccines.


NOTES

This vaccine is approximately 70% effective in preventing typhoid fever, depending partly on the degree of exposure. Take all necessary precautions to avoid contact or ingestion of potentially contaminated food or water.


MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. If you miss more than one dose, contact your doctor to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


STORAGE

Store capsules under refrigeration at all times as directed. Keep away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.

Personal Note:

The refrigeration can be a problem. The pharmacy did not tell Lani anything about refrigeration and she did not read the instructions until she got home several hours later. Her $30 perscription medication which was hard to come by in Oklahoma had to be thrown away and a new one ordered. Another man I ran into in the health department was getting this prescription and leaving on a plane the next day. This is a problem because there is no way to carry the medication with you. You should plan far in advance to have the medication completed before you leave on your trip.


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