Generic name: Human papillomavirus vaccineBrand names: Gardasil
Gardasil is a vaccination to protect against diseases caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) such as cervical cancer, abnormal and precancerous cervical, vaginal and vulvar lesions, as well as genital warts.
Even if you receive Gardasil, you should still be screened for cervical cancer. As with all vaccines, Gardasil may not fully protect you from HPV, and will not protect you from viruses you have encountered before receiving the vaccination. Gardasil will not protect you from any type of disease not caused by HPV.
Gardasil will be given as 3 doses injected into the upper arm or upper leg (thigh). The second dose is 2 months after the first, and the third dose is given 6 months after the second.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Gardasil.
Do not take Gardasil if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, or have had an allergic reaction in the area where it was previously injected.
Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Gardasil. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a bleeding disorder, have a weak immune system from infections such as HIV, if you are pregnant/planning to become pregnant, or you have a fever over 100 degrees.
If Gardasil is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Gardasil with the following:
Alkylating agentsCorticosteroidsCytotoxic drugsImmunosuppressive therapy
The effects of Gardasil during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Talk with your doctor before taking Gardasil if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The usual dose of Gardasil is 0.5 milliliters (mL) given in an injection, 3 times.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.