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Generic name: Human papillomavirus vaccineBrand names: Gardasil

Why is Gardasil prescribed?

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.

Most important fact about Gardasil

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.

How should you take Gardasil?

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.

  • Storage instructions...Store in a refrigerator, away from light. Do not freeze.

What side effects may occur?

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.

  • Side effects may include:Allergic reaction of the injection site, dizziness, fever, itching, nausea, rash

Why should Gardasil not be prescribed?

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.

Special warnings about Gardasil

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.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Gardasil

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

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

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.

Recommended dosage for Gardasil


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.

  • Gardasil Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Gardasil Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Gardasil MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Gardasil Consumer Overview
  • Cervarix Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Cervarix MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Cervarix Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Cervarix Consumer Overview

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