bcg vaccine-antitubercular, Tice BCG (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: This medication causes redness and mild swelling where the injection was given. These symptoms will improve over time. Notify your doctor if you experience: pain, swollen glands aching bones, aching muscles, fever. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: To be most effective, persons who have been vaccinated should stay away from active cases of tuberculosis for 6 to 12 weeks. People with impaired immune systems (due to chemotherapy or radiation treatment) should not receive this vaccine. This vaccination should not be given to pregnant women unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Discuss this with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: steroids (prednisone-type drugs), antibiotics.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include swollen glands, abnormal patches of skin, vision problems, fever, chills, or severe dizziness.

NOTES: Keep the vaccination site clean until the local reaction has disappeared.

MISSED DOSE: Check with your doctor promptly if you miss a scheduled dose (e.g., a second dose is sometimes required).

STORAGE: Refrigerate and protect from light.

Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005

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