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Composition for ZOSTAVAX

Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus(NA)

food interaction for ZOSTAVAX

alcohol interaction for ZOSTAVAX

pregnancy interaction for ZOSTAVAX

lactation interaction for ZOSTAVAX

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Zostavax vaccine at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Zostavax vaccine may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Zostavax vaccine is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Virus(NA)


Varicella-zoster virus vaccine is used for inducing immunity against varicella virus that causes varicella (commonly known as chickenpox, is a common childhood disease that causes fever, skin rash, and a breakout of fluid-filled blisters on the skin).

How it works

Zostavax vaccine vaccine belongs to a group of drugs called vaccines. It works by activating the immune system to produce antibodies (specific immune compounds) against varicella virus thereby providing immunity from future infections. 

Common side effects

Pain, Fever, Headache, Injection site itching, Skin rash, Skin redness, Swelling


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Expert advice for ZOSTAVAX

  • Inform your doctor if you have any immune system diseases like HIV infection, or if you are taking medicines that affect your immune system as the decision for vaccination will depend upon your immune responses.
  • Before receiving vaccine inform your doctor if you had any life threatening allergies.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience difficulty in breathing, swelling of lips, face or tongue.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding.
  • Do not take ifallergic to varicella-zoster virus vaccine or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take in high-grade fever, active infection like untreated tuberculosis.
  • Do not take with any blood disorders or any type of malignant cancers including leukemia and lymphomas that affects the immune system.
  • Do not take if  receiving immunosuppressive drugs.
  • Do not take if  having history of congenital (present at birth) or hereditary immunodeficiency or HIV infection or AIDS.
  • Do not consumed if below < 9 months.
  • Do not take in case of Pregnant women.


Content on this page was last updated on 22 July, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)