hepatitis B vaccine (generic name)

Recombivax HB Pediatric/Adolescent (brand name)

It is used to prevent infections of the Haemophilus bacteria and the hepatitis B virus.
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What is this medicine?

HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZAE TYPE B CONJUGATE VACCINE; HEPATITIS B VACCINE, RECOMBINANT INJECTION is used to prevent infections of the Haemophilus bacteria and the hepatitis B virus.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bleeding disorder
  • hepatitis B infection
  • immune system problems
  • infection with fever
  • low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
  • take medicines that treat or prevent blood clots
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to vaccines, yeast, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This vaccine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional.

A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 weeks old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

Keep appointments for follow-up (booster) doses as directed. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • medicines that suppress your immune function like adalimumab, anakinra, infliximab
  • medicines to treat cancer
  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check-ups as directed.

This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • extreme changes in behavior
  • fever over 101 degrees F
  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
  • seizures
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • low-grade fever of 100 degrees F or less
  • nausea, vomiting
  • pain, redness, swelling, or irritation at site where injected
  • tiredness

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: January 27, 2011
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