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Avaxim 160U Injection

Prescription Required

Overview

Introduction

Avaxim 160U Injection protects against Hepatitis A which is a serious liver disease caused by hepatitis A virus (HAV). It spreads from person to person via contact with contaminated food or water. It is safe and effective and given as 2 shots, 6 months apart. Both shots are needed for long-term protection.

Avaxim 160U Injection is given as an injection by a doctor or nurse. this vaccination is done in children between their first and second birthdays (12 through 23 months of age). Older children and adolescents can get the vaccine after 23 months. Adults who have not been vaccinated previously and want to be protected against hepatitis A can also get the vaccine. The best way to prevent hepatitis A is through vaccination. To get the full benefit of the hepatitis A vaccine, more than one shot is needed. The number and timing of these shots depends on the type of vaccine you are given. Practicing good hand hygiene plays an important role in preventing the spread of hepatitis A.

The most common side effects include nausea, pain, abdominal pain, anaphylactic reaction, convulsion, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, tenderness, and vomiting. They do not normally last very long. Sitting or lying down can sometimes help. Consult your doctor if any of the side effects persist or worry you.

Before having the injection, you should tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a vaccine. Some other medicines may react with the hepatitis A vaccine so talk to your doctor about other medications you are taking as well.

Uses of Avaxim Injection

Side effects of Avaxim Injection

Common
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Pharyngitis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anaphylactic reaction
  • Convulsion
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling of discomfort
  • Skin redness
  • Tenderness
  • Vomiting
  • Warm sensation

How to use Avaxim Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Avaxim Injection works

Avaxim 160U Injection is an inactivated vaccine (made from a dead virus). It helps develop immunity by forming antibodies, which are proteins that protect against infection caused by viruses present in the vaccine.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Avaxim 160U Injection. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Avaxim 160U Injection is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Avaxim 160U Injection is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether Avaxim 160U Injection alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Avaxim 160U Injection is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Avaxim 160U Injection may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Avaxim 160U Injection is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Avaxim 160U Injection may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Avaxim Injection?

If you miss a dose of Avaxim 160U Injection, please consult your doctor.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • It is a vaccine used to prevent hepatitis A infection.
  • Hepatitis A is a liver disease which spreads through food or water containing hepatitis A virus or by direct contact with an infected person.
  • It should be stored in the refrigerator at 2° to 8°C. Do not freeze.
  • Let your doctor know if you have a high fever, serious illness or a weakened immune system.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Avaxim with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Healgraft, Graftidem, Mycocel S
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Thioprinz, Lazorin, Azarid
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Oncomide, Cyclomet, Cyphos
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Empurine
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

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I'm suffering from Hepatitis A. But I have no symptoms of it. I'm pretty normal and I've no problems with it. Why it seems so? What should I do?My Bilirubin level is 3.5 and sgpt is 307
Dr. Ila Jain Khandelwal
Pathologist
Dear PATIENT A infection is usually caused by infected food and water. If your bilirubin is this high, I suggest you should consult a Gastroenterologist for further course of action
I hd pain in abdomen i had tested blood and the spgt and sgot count is highAbout six years a ago i hd pancreas infection
Dr. Puneet Singh Perhar
Lungs Specialist
See my friend sgot sgpt are liver enzymes may be raised in liver conditions or in pancreatitis tooMy advise would be to get an ultrasonography of abdomen and serum amylase and lipase levelsCan you tell me the status of rest of the liver function testsHepatitis a,b and c virology should also be tested
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FAQs

Q. Is hepatitis A infection curable?

No. Hepatitis A infection is not curable. In most cases, treatment is not required. However, the symptoms of hepatitis A can be controlled

Q. Is hepatitis A infection fatal or life-threatening?

No. Hepatitis A infection usually does not cause liver disease. But in some cases, it may lead to acute liver failure which can be life-threatening

Q. Is hepatitis A infection contagious?

Yes. Hepatitis A virus infection is contagious

Q. Does it spread through saliva or sharing of food?

It spreads only if a person comes in contact with the feces (stools) of the infected person

Q. Does hepatitis A vaccine cause fever?

Mild fever may occur after hepatitis A vaccine administration . Contact your doctor if your fever worsens or does not go away

Q. Is hepatitis A vaccine necessary?

Although not mandatory, hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for children (18 months-2 years) in India and adults who do not live in hepatitis A prevalent area.

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