Gardasil (HPV Vaccine) (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
PRESCRIBED FOR: Gardasil is used for the prevention of infection with HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18 in girls and women 9 to 26 years of age.
It also is approved for preventing genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11 and anal cancer caused by HPV types 16 and 18 in males 9 to 26 years old.
Gardasil protects against cervical cancer (cancer of the lower end of the uterus or womb); abnormal and precancerous cervical lesions; abnormal and precancerous vaginal lesions; abnormal and precancerous vulvar lesions; precancerous anal lesions and genital warts.
Gardasil does not treat active cervical cancer, active genital warts, or other active genital lesions caused by HPV.
Individuals with a compromised immune system will not respond as well to Gardasil as individuals with a normal immune system.
Women should continue cervical cancer screening even after receiving vaccination with Gardasil.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of Gardasil are:
Patients should be observed for 15 minutes after injection because of the possibility of fainting. Allergic reactions, which may be severe, also occur.
Other important side effects include:
People allergic to any component in Gardasil should not use Gardasil.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/23/2015
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