The following sections explain in detail the problems that can occur when Prevnar is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Caution should be taken when giving intramuscular injections (including Prevnar) to individuals taking anticoagulant medications (commonly known as "blood thinners"). Make sure your healthcare providers (including the nurse giving the vaccine) know that your child is taking an anticoagulant.
If you are taking an immunosuppressant, you may not receive the full benefit of Prevnar. With some vaccines (especially live vaccines), people taking immunosuppressants may be at a higher risk of actually developing the infection (usually a mild form) from the vaccine. However, because Prevnar is not a live vaccine, this is not a problem.
It is possible that not every drug interaction was discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about any specific drug interactions with Prevnar that may apply to you.
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