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Doctor insights on: Zosters Vaccine While On Methotrexate

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How much time should I be off my methotrexate before I get the shingles vaccine?

How much time should I be off my methotrexate before I get the shingles vaccine?

2 months: That is somewhat controversial as there is some evidence that it can be given while on methotrexate. The current recommendation is to be off of it for 2 months. ...Read more

Methotrexate (Definition)

Methotrexate was originally used in the early 1950's as a treatment for cancer but was also found to be effective in many other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It has anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties which make it an excellent first line therapy for RA ...Read more


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Should methotrexate patients get shingles vaccine?

Should methotrexate patients get shingles vaccine?

Dose dependent: This judgement has to be made by the provider. Technically low dose Methotrexate is not considered a contraindication to receiving the shingles vaccine. But only your provider will have a full picture of your immune status. Shingles vaccine is a live vaccine and not given to those with significant immunosuppression. ...Read more

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Can i receive the shingles vaccine if I have RA a and I am taking methotrexate and rituximab?

Can i receive the shingles vaccine if I have RA a and I am taking methotrexate and rituximab?

No as a general rule: Its best to offer live vaccines such as zostavax prior to initiating therapy with immunosupressive agents. Combination of Rituximab with a live vaccine may cause more harm than good. In rare cases, only your doctor can decide if the benefit of this vaccine outweighs the potential risks. If feasible, Rituximab may be stopped for a few months prior to administering live vaccine. ...Read more

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My RA doc recommended stopping my wkly sunday dose of 20 mg methotrexate, getting my shingles vaccine monday, resume next sun dose. Is 20 a low dose?

My RA doc recommended stopping my wkly sunday dose of 20 mg methotrexate, getting my shingles vaccine monday, resume next sun dose.  Is 20 a low dose?

Individual : The dosage is vary and will be different for different patients. Do not adjust the dose by yourself. Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. If concern, is always good to ask your physician. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: zoster vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: zoster vaccine?

ZOSTER VACCINE: Also called varicella-zoster vaccine. Varicella-zoster virus is a herpesvirus, morphologically identical to herpes simplex virus, that causes varicella (chickenpox) and herpes zoster in man; varicella results from a primary infection with the virus; herpes zoster results from secondary invasion by the same virus or by reactivation of infection which in many instances has been latent for many years. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference of zoster vaccine and gardasil?

Please help! what is the difference of zoster vaccine and gardasil?

Different: Zoster vaccine is for preventing herpes zoster (most commonly causing shingles) and Gardasil is the brand name for hpv (human papilloma virus) vaccine which prevents certain strains of hpv that cause cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Does any one know anything about the herpes zoster vaccine?

Does any one know anything about the  herpes zoster vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: About 30 percent of the population eventually has herpes zoster. About 15 percent of them have involvement of the tissue around the eye which can leave some people visually impaired. The vaccine is about 80 percent effective. Given the frequency of infection and possible severity the vaccine is recommended for anyone over age 50. If you have had shingles it is unlikely that you will get herpes zos. ...Read more

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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more