VARILRIX

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Varilrix

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Brand Name: Varilrix
Salt Composition: Varicella Vaccine (live) attenuated (NA)
Manufacturer: Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd.  
Strength: 0.5mL
Dosage: Vaccine 
Immunization: Chickenpox
Storage: Store in a refrigerator (2 - 8°C).

Overview of Injection

Varilrix vaccine is used to immunize people for the prevention of chickenpox. It is a preparation of live attenuated Oka strain of varicella-zoster virus (lyophilized). It protects the person from the disease caused by the varicella virus. Each dose of Varilrix vaccine contains 0.5 mL of reconstituted vaccine. This injection is given under the skin or into the muscle of the arm. The two doses of this vaccine are given with a time lag of 4 months. 

Usage of Varilrix

Varilrix vaccine is used for active immunization to prevent a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus known as chickenpox. It is given in two shots. Each dose of Varilrix vaccine contains 0.5 mL of reconstituted vaccine. During pregnancy or breastfeeding, the Varilrix vaccine may not be safe for use in females because it may affect the development of the baby. 

Contraindications 

Varilrix vaccine is not indicated for use in some patients. This is because it might cause adverse reactions in some cases. To know whether this vaccine is safe for you or not, consult a medical representative and discuss your medical history prior to the administration. Also, inform your healthcare provider about the medications you already take, including prescription-based medicines and supplements. Varilrix vaccine is not indicated for use in the following cases:-

  • Treatment with a high dose of corticosteroids.

  • Low lymphocyte count. 

  • Lack of cellular immune competence. 

  • A known allergy or hypersensitivity to a vaccine's ingredient

 

Does Varilrix show any side effects?

Varilrix vaccines may cause severe reactions after administering to the person. This is because bodies react differently to a new substance. Many people do not even experience any side effects whereas others experience severe effects after receiving the Varilrix vaccine. This is why possible side effects should be discussed prior to the administration of the injection. The following are some of the common, rare, and serious side effects. 

Most common side effects 

  • Headache 

  • Fever 

  • Pain at the injection site

  • Redness and swelling

  • Upper respiratory tract infection

Common side effects 

  • Skin rash (spots and/or blisters)

  • Vomiting 

  • Diarrhea 

  • Stomach pain or discomfort

  • Toothache 

  • Nervousness 

  • Itching 

  • Cough 

  • Runny or blocked nose

  • Sneezing 

  • Sore throat 

  • Difficulty in swallowing 

  • Tiredness 

  • Fatigue 

  • Chest pain

  • Generally feeling unwell

  • Nausea 

  • Dizziness 

  • Migraine 

  • Sleepiness 

Rare side effects 

  • Swollen glands in the neck, or armpit

  • Painful and swollen joints

  • Indigestion 

  • Muscle ache, tenderness, or weakness

  • Fits or seizures

  • Bleeding or bruising

Other side effects 

  • Fever greater than 39°C

  • Earache 

  • Irritability 

  • Chickenpox-like rash

  • Shingles 

  • Hives (urticaria)

  • Infection or inflammation of the nervous system

Dosage 

  • Varilrix injection is given by a medical representative or nurse. 

  • It is administered in children of age 9 months and older to provide immunization against chickenpox. 

  • It is advisable to not self-administer. 

  • Each dose of Varilrix vaccine contains 0.5 mL of reconstituted vaccine. 

  • This vaccine is given as an injection under the skin or into the muscle of the arm in two doses. 

  • The second dose is given after 4 months from the first dose.

General Warnings and Precautions 

  • Consult a medical representative and discuss your medical history prior to the administration. Also, inform your healthcare provider about the medications you already take, including prescription-based medicines and supplements. 

  • Varilrix vaccine doesn’t provide immunization against any virus other than the varicella-zoster virus. 

  • Varilrix may lead to an injection site hematoma in patients who are suffering from a blood disorder. Be sure to consult your healthcare professional to know about the same and prevent adverse effects.

  • A known allergy or hypersensitivity may lead to serious effects after administering the injection to patients who are either allergic to any of its ingredients or are hypersensitive. Hence, it is advisable to know the ingredients beforehand. 

Special Precautions

  • Pregnancy 

    • During pregnancy, the Varilrix vaccine may not be safe for use in females because it may affect the development of the baby. 

  • Breastfeeding 

    • During breastfeeding, the Varilrix vaccine may not be safe for use in females because it may harm the baby.

  • Liver function 

    • Varilrix vaccines may be safe for use as they may not affect liver function. Please contact a medical representative.

  • Kidney function 

    • Varilrix vaccines may be safe for use as they may not affect kidney function. Please contact a medical representative.

Q1. What is the use of the Varilrix vaccine?

Ans. Varilrix vaccine is administered in children of age 9 months and older to provide immunization against chickenpox. 

Q2. What are the common side effects of the Varilrix vaccine?

Ans. The most common side effects of Varilrix injection are skin rash, itching, vomiting, cough, toothache, nausea, dizziness, migraine, muscle ache, swollen glands, etc. It is advisable to call a doctor if side effects last long. 

Q3. In what strength is the Varilrix vaccine given?
Ans. Varilrix vaccine is given in the strength of 0.5mL.  

Q4. How should I take Varilrix injection?

Ans. Varilrix injection is given by a medical representative or nurse. It is advisable to not self-administer.

Q5. How is the Varilrix injection stored?

Ans. Store Varilrix vaccine in a refrigerator (2 - 8°C). Do not freeze. 

Q6. What is the right age to get a Varilrix vaccine?

Ans. Varilrix vaccine is administered in children of age 9 months and older. 

Q7. Is the Varilrix vaccine safe for use in kidney patients?

Ans. Varilrix vaccines may be safe for use in kidney patients as it may not affect kidney function. Please contact a medical representative.

Q8. Is Varilrix vaccine safe to use in breastfeeding women?

Ans. During breastfeeding, the Varilrix vaccine may not be safe for use in females because it may harm the baby. 

Q9. Does the Varilrix vaccine damage the liver?

Ans. Varilrix vaccines may be safe for use as it may not affect your liver function. Please contact a medical representative.

Q10. Is it safe to take the Varilrix vaccine during pregnancy?

Ans. During pregnancy, the Varilrix vaccine may not be safe for use in females because it may affect the development of the baby.

 

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