Varilrix Vaccine

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Varilrix Vaccine is indicated for active immunization for prevention of chickenpox in individuals 12 months of age and older. It is generally given as an injection under the skin or into the muscle of the upper arm in two doses.

Varilrix Vaccine is administered by a healthcare professional and should not be self-administered. It protects the child from diseases that can be caused by the varicella virus. It is given to children between 12 months to 12 years of age and the second dose after a minimum gap of 3 months. For adolescents and adults as well, it is given in two doses a minimum of 4 weeks apart.

Some common side effects of this medicine include mild pain, swelling, and redness at the site of injection, rashes, and low-grade fever. These are usually temporary and resolve with time. However, if these side effects do not go away with time or get worse, let the doctor know. The doctor may help with ways to reduce or prevent these symptoms.

To make sure the vaccine is safe, before receiving the vaccine, it is important to let the doctor know if you have any other illnesses. You should also tell the doctor about all the medicines you are taking. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should consult and seek advice from their doctor before receiving the vaccine.

Uses of Varilrix Powder for Injection

Benefits of Varilrix Powder for Injection

In Prevention of Chickenpox

Varilrix Vaccine is the most effective way of preventing chickenpox. It is given by a doctor or a nurse and should not be self-administered. However, chickenpox is highly contagious. You can help prevent the spread of chickenpox by practicing good hygiene and washing your hands frequently. Reduce your exposure to people who have chickenpox. If you already have chickenpox, stay at home until all of your blisters have dried and crusted over.

Side effects of Varilrix Powder for Injection

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 Varilrix

  • Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness)
  • Fever
  • Rash

How to use Varilrix Powder for Injection

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

How Varilrix Powder for Injection works

Varilrix Vaccine is a vaccine. It helps develop immunity by initiating a mild infection. This type of infection does not cause illness, but it does stimulate the body's immune system to produce antibodies to protect against any future infections.

Safety Advice

It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Varilrix Vaccine. Please consult your doctor.
Varilrix Vaccine is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Varilrix Vaccine is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Varilrix Vaccine may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Varilrix Vaccine is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Varilrix Vaccine may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Varilrix Vaccine is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Varilrix Vaccine may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Varilrix Powder for Injection?

If you miss a dose of Varilrix Vaccine, 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

  • Varilrix Vaccine helps prevent chickenpox.
  • It is given as an injection under the skin or into the muscle of the upper arm.
  • It is given as two doses. The second dose is given 4 to 8 weeks after the first dose.
  • You may get a rash or mild fever, or you feel tired or sore at the site of the injection.
  • Do not take Varilrix Vaccine if you are pregnant or have a weak immune system.

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Interaction with Drugs

Taking Varilrix with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

Which Private doses needs to baby ?
Dr. Gopal Bansilal Samdani
typhid, pcv, chickenpox etc
Hello i had aillment of shingles 3 weeks before and hence i took medicine for curing .and now it rashes have gone but black marks are there which is still very painfull. Now myy son is also sufferjng from chicken pox at 23 age.He had high fever and high headache a day before chikem pox rashes . Same symptoms are seen on me today . So are this symptoms of chicken pox. can a person with singles have chicken pox ??
Dr. Sunil Sekhri
It is unlikely the you will get chickenpox because one attack gives you lifelong immunity.
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Q. Does varicella vaccine prevent Varicella zoster infection?

Yes, varicella zoster vaccine is used in the treatment of varicella zoster infection

Q. Does varicella vaccine prevent chicken pox?

Yes, varicella zoster vaccine is used to treat chicken pox

Q. Is shingles vaccine same as chicken pox vaccine?

Yes, varicella zoster vaccine is used for the treatment of shingles and chicken pox.

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Country of Origin: Belgium

Expires on or after: June, 2021

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