lyme disease vaccine-intramuscular, LymeRix (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: Muscle/joint pain or pain/redness at injection site may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Unlikely but report promptly: flu-like symptoms, fever, rash. Very unlikely but report promptly: severe headache, muscle weakness, tingling muscles in the hands/feet/face. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, including: any allergies, blood clotting disorders, previous Lyme disease, arthritis, immune deficiency, heart disease, recent illness. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially of: blood thinners (e.g., anticoagulants such as warfarin and heparins), other vaccines, immune suppressants (e.g., cyclosporine). This product can affect the results of certain lab tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this product. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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.

NOTES: Do not share this medication with others. In addition to this vaccine, you can decrease your risk of infection by wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants, tucking pant legs into socks, using tick repellent on clothing, and checking for and removing ticks from the body. Consult your pharmacist or doctor.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, consult your doctor immediately to establish a new dosing schedule.

STORAGE: Store in a refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 to 8 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not freeze. Discard product if it has been frozen. Discard any unused liquid in the vial.

Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005

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