Pneumonia Vaccine Drug Interactions

Pneumonia Vaccine Drug Interactions Explained

The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when the pneumonia vaccine is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
 
Anticoagulants
Caution should be used when giving intramuscular injections to people taking anticoagulant medications (commonly known as "blood thinners"). Make sure your healthcare providers (including the person giving the injection) know that you are taking an anticoagulant before receiving the pneumonia vaccine.
 
Pneumovax can be given subcutaneously (just under the skin) as well as intramuscularly, but Prevnar 13 cannot -- it must be given intramuscularly.
 
Immunosuppressants
If you are taking an immunosuppressant, you may not receive the full benefit of the pneumonia vaccine, since the immune system may not be fully capable of responding to it.
 
In addition, with some vaccines, especially live ones, people taking immunosuppressants may be at a higher risk of actually developing the infection from the vaccine, although it is usually a milder form. However, because the pneumonia vaccine is not a live vaccine, this is not a problem.
 

Final Thoughts

It is possible that not all drug interactions with the pneumonia vaccine were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about any specific interactions that may apply to you.
 
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