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Available Form:   Liquid Vaccine
Manufacturer name:   Merck
Generic name:   rotavirus-vaccine

What is Rotateq?

Rotavirus vaccine is used to prevent infection by the rotavirus, which causes severe gastrointestinal (digestive system) infections in newborns and young children. The vaccine is made up of live virus that has been weakened so that it does not cause infection.

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Can I Get Same-Day Delivery?

Yes! We do provide same-day delivery in select areas. We do next business day delivery and can also ship overnight as well.

How Much is Shipping Cost for Rotateq in Canada?

Shipping cost for Rotateq to you in Canada is zero. Pocketpills offers FREE shipping anywhere in Canada to help you get access to treatment.

How to get Rotateq delivered to my home?

You could get Rotateq delivered at your doorstep from us in Canada if you ordered prescription medications with a valid prescription. If you are not sure if we deliver to your area, contact us.

How to get Rotateq in Canada for free?

You can get Rotateq for free in Canada if your health insurance provider covers it fully. Contact your provider or us to help you find out if you qualify to get Rotateq for free.

Rotateq How to Take

Rotavirus vaccine is used to prevent infection by the rotavirus, which causes severe gastrointestinal (digestive system) infections in newborns and young children. The vaccine is made up of live virus that has been weakened so that it does not cause infection. The vaccine works by exposing your body to the weakened virus, thus allowing your body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the disease.

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe Diarrhea in newborns and young children. It is spread from hand-to-mouth contact with stools from an infected person. Although most children get over this infection on their own, some develop severe vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration, needing hospital care to recover.

Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) without consulting your doctor.

Do not give Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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Rotateq Dosage

RotaTeq® is given by mouth in 3 doses. The first dose should be given after the baby is between 6 weeks and 12 weeks old. The second dose should be given between 4 and 10 weeks later, and the third dose should be given between 4 and 10 weeks after the second dose. Rotavirus vaccine is provided as a single, pre-measured dose which can be opened and given directly into the baby's mouth. Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) should not be mixed with any food or drink.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) be given exactly as recommended by your doctor. If you miss an appointment for your child to receive rotavirus vaccine, contact your doctor as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.

Store Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) in the refrigerator, protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children. Once the vaccine has been taken out of refrigeration, it must be used within 4 hours.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

Rotateq Side Effects

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • irritability
  • skin irritation
  • vomiting

Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • abdominal pain
  • blood in the stools

Seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • signs of blocked intestine (e.g., severe stomach pain, vomiting, blood in stools, swollen belly, high Fever)
  • signs of a serious allergic reaction (shortness of breath; wheezing; trouble breathing; Hives; swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat)

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine).

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Rotateq Available Form

Each 2 mL dose of sterile, pale yellow, clear liquid that may have a pink tint, contains human-bovine rotavirus reassortants G1, G2, G3, G4, and P1A[8]. The single dose tube has a minimum of the following dose levels: G1 - 2.2 x 106 infectious units; G2 - 2.8 x 106 infectious units; G3 - 2.2 x 106 infectious units; G4 - 2.0 x 106 infectious units; P1A[8] - 2.3 x 106 infectious units. Nonmedicinal ingredients: sucrose, sodium citrate dehydrate, sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, polysorbate 80, diluents and cell culture media. Latex-free.

Rotateq Contraindications

Do not give the rotavirus vaccine to someone who:

  • is allergic to rotavirus vaccine or any ingredients of the medication
  • has severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID)
  • has a history of intussusception (a condition where part of the intestine is pulled into itself)
  • has a medical condition that may make intussusceptions more likely to occur

This vaccine is intended for children only and should not be taken by adults.

Do not give Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine) to infants under 6 weeks of age.

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Rotateq Precautions

There may be an interaction between rotavirus vaccine and any of the following:

Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Rotateq Warnings

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Rotateq (Rotavirus-vaccine).

Fever: Your child's doctor may decide to delay this vaccine if your child has an acute infection or fever. Mild infections without fever, such as colds, usually do not require delay of the vaccine.

Immune problems: As with any vaccine, rotavirus vaccine may not provide complete protection against rotavirus for all people. When used for children with impaired immune systems, rotavirus vaccine may not create enough of an antibody response to protect against infections caused by these bacteria. Also, this vaccine may not be effective for people receiving immunosuppressive therapy (e.g., some medications used to treat cancer or for transplant recipients).

Other vaccines: Rotavirus vaccine may be given in the doctor's office at the same time as your child receives other routine infant vaccinations.

Pregnancy: This vaccine is intended for infants and young children only and should not be used by pregnant women.

Breast-feeding: This vaccine is intended for infants and young children only and should not be used by breast-feeding women.

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