Potential Drug Interactions
Varivax can potentially interact with a few medications (see Varivax Drug Interactions).
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Getting Varivax?
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to receiving Varivax if you have:
- An immune-suppressing condition such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
- Had any sort of a reaction to any vaccine in the past
- Epilepsy or any other nervous system disorder
- An illness or infection (such as the flu)
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Had a recent stroke
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Varivax and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Varivax and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Varivax Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not get vaccinated.)
There are two formulations of Varivax. One must be stored in the freezer. The other formulation (the "refrigerator-stable formulation") can be stored in the freezer or the refrigerator.
For either formulation, the diluent (the liquid portion that is mixed with the vaccine) can be kept at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Once mixed, this vaccine must be used within 30 minutes.