Rotarix Oral Vaccine

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Storage
Store in a refrigerator (2 - 8°C). Do not freeze.
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Introduction

Rotarix Oral Vaccine is a medicine used in the prevention of diarrhea due to rotavirus. It is usually given as a 3-dose oral regimen, 4 weeks apart, beginning at 6 weeks of age.

Rotarix Oral Vaccine can be given with or without food. It helps protect the baby from a kind of virus (rotavirus) that can cause bad diarrhea. Give it in the dose and direction as advised by the doctor.

Side effects are rare, however, some may experience mild irritability, cough, fever, loss of appetite, and vomiting. If the child experience any of such side effects and that does not go away with time or get worse, you should let your doctor know. The doctor may help with ways to reduce or prevent these symptoms.

Benefits of Rotarix Kit

In Prevention of diarrhea due to rotavirus

Diarrhea is an increase in the frequency of bowel movements or loose watery bowel movements, most commonly occurring due to an infection of the digestive tract. Rotarix Oral Vaccine helps to prevent diarrhea that is caused due to rotavirus infection. Rotavirus infects nearly all children in developed and developing countries at the age of around 3 to 5. Vaccines are therefore the most effective way to prevent rotavirus diarrhea. It will help you to stay well by preventing it from coming back. You need to take it as advised by the doctor and you should drink plenty of fluids while taking it to make sure you stay hydrated.

Side effects of Rotarix Kit

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Rotarix

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability

How to use Rotarix Kit

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label before use. Rotarix Oral Vaccine may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Rotarix Kit works

Rotarix Oral Vaccine contains small amounts of rotavirus (a virus that causes diarrhoea). It works by provoking the the immune system to produce antibodies (proteins), without actually causing a disease. In the event of infection, these antibodies protect against protect against diarrhoea caused by rotavirus.

Safety advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Rotarix Oral Vaccine. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
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Information regarding the use of Rotarix Oral Vaccine during pregnancy is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Breast feeding
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Information regarding the use of Rotarix Oral Vaccine during breastfeeding is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
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It is not known whether Rotarix Oral Vaccine 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
Rotarix Oral Vaccine is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Rotarix Oral Vaccine may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Rotarix Oral Vaccine is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Rotarix Oral Vaccine may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Rotarix Kit?

If you miss a dose of Rotarix Oral Vaccine, please consult your doctor.

All substitutes

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
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Quick tips

  • Rotarix Oral Vaccine helps protect your baby from a kind of virus (rotavirus) that can cause bad diarrhea.
  • It is given to your baby by mouth. 
  • The first dose is given when the baby is around 6 weeks old and the second dose, at least 4 weeks after the first dose (before 6 months old).
  • Inform your doctor immediately if your baby has severe vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, or severe stomach pain.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Vaccines
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
VACCINES
Action Class
Live attenuated vaccines

Interaction with drugs

Taking Rotarix with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Thioprinz, Lazorin, Azarid
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Empurine, Mercapto, Puri Nethol
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Methosis, Metrex, Cytotrex
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Healgraft
LIFE-THREATENING

Patient concerns

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I have to Know about rotavirus for child Please tell me about rotavirus vaccine
Dr. Rahul Yadav
Paediatrics
Hello, rotavirus is the commonest cause of diarrhoea among infants in India. Vaccination reduces the incidence and severity of the disease.I recommend you to get the rotavirus vaccination done.
Want to know about rotavirus vaccine
Dr. Gopal Bansilal Samdani
Paediatrics
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FAQs

Q. What is Rotarix Oral Vaccine?

Rotarix Oral Vaccine is a live attenuated (weakened), liquid frozen vaccine containing live rotavirus strain that is used for the prevention of rotavirus infection. Rotavirus infection is a highly contagious infection that spreads at a very fast pace from child to child, and is caused by a virus, mostly affecting infants and young children. Giving Rotarix Oral Vaccine is the best way to prevent Rotavirus infection.

Q. How is Rotarix Oral Vaccine given?

Rotarix Oral Vaccine is given orally (by mouth) as oral drops. It should be administered under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional or a doctor only. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get maximum benefit from Rotarix Oral Vaccine.

Q. What should I inform my doctor before getting my child vaccinated with Rotarix Oral Vaccine?

You should inform your doctor doctor before administering Rotarix Oral Vaccine if the child had any severe allergic reaction to Rotarix Oral Vaccine in the past, is severely allergic to any of the ingredients in the vaccine, if the child has any immunodeficiency disorder or intussusception (a serious condition involving obstruction of the intestine, occurring mostly in children).

Q. What are the possible side effects of Rotarix Oral Vaccine?

Most of the children who get Rotarix Oral Vaccine don’t have any side effects. However, some children may experience mild side effects like fussiness, diarrhea and vomiting. These side effects usually resolve on their own after sometime. If they do not get better, consult your doctor.

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References

  1. Sinha A, Singh S. Immunization and Immunodeficiency. In: Paul VK, Bagga A, editors. Ghai Essential Pediatrics. 8th ed. New Delhi: CBS Publisher's & Distributors Pvt Ltd.; 2013. pp. 198-99.
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  4. Rotarix (Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral). Rixensart, Belgium: GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals; 2008 [revised Mar. 2019]. [Accessed 15 Jul. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  5. Rotavac [Rotavirus Vaccine (Live Attenuated, Oral) IP Vero cell-derived]. Telangana, India: Bharat Biotech International Ltd. [Accessed 16 Jul. 2019] (online) Available from: External Link

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Country of origin: United kingdom

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