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Important Information for Zostavax

Drug Interactions

Zostavax can interact with a few other medications (see Zostavax Drug Interactions).
 

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Zostavax?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to receiving the vaccine if you:
 
  • Have a weakened immune system, caused by HIV, AIDS, cancer, or other problems
  • Have had a reaction to a vaccine in the past
  • Are allergic to neomycin or gelatin
  • Have an active tuberculosis infection
  • Have any other allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Zostavax Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

What If I Take an Overdose?

A Zostavax overdose is unlikely, since each vial contains just one dose. Therefore, it is not known what to expect from an overdose.
 

How Should Zostavax Be Stored?

Your healthcare provider must store Zostavax in the freezer before it is mixed. After it is mixed, it should be given within 30 minutes. It is okay to keep the unmixed vaccine at refrigerator temperature for up to 72 hours (3 days) before mixing and using it. After 72 hours at refrigerator temperature, it must be discarded if not used.
 
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