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HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS VACCINE is a vaccine. It is used to prevent infections of two types of the human papillomavirus. This will lower your risk of getting cervical cancer and abnormal cervical lesions. You cannot get these diseases from the vaccine. This medicine does not treat cervical cancer. Compare vaccinations.

Cervarix Side Effects

What should I watch for?

This vaccine may not fully protect everyone. This vaccine does not prevent all types of cervical cancer. Continue to have regular pelvic exams and cervical cancer screenings as directed by your doctor.

The Human Papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted disease. It can be passed by any kind of sexual activity that involves genital contact. The vaccine works best when given before you have any contact with the virus. Many people who have the virus do not have any signs or symptoms.

Tell your doctor or health care professional if you have any reaction or unusual symptom after getting the vaccine.


Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common


Less common

Bladder pain

bloody or cloudy urine

body aches or pain

change in the color, amount, or odor of vaginal discharge




difficult, burning, or painful urination

difficulty with breathing

ear congestion

frequent urge to urinate

general feeling of discomfort or illness


joint pain

loss of appetite

loss of voice

lower back or side pain

muscle aches and pains

nasal congestion


runny nose



sore throat


trouble with sleeping

unusual tiredness or weakness


Incidence not known

Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin

difficulty with swallowing



fast heartbeat



joint or muscle pain

large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs

puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue

red, irritated eyes

shortness of breath

skin rash

sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips

tightness in the chest


Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Abdominal or stomach cramps, discomfort, or pain

back pain


difficulty with moving

hives or welts


red streaks on the skin

redness of the skin

swelling, tenderness, or pain at the injection site

swollen joints

swollen mouth and tongue

unpleasant taste

urge to have bowel movement

Less common


heavy bleeding



stuffy or runny nose

tender, swollen glands in the neck

trouble with swallowing

voice changes


Changes in menstrual periods

decreased sexual ability in males

depressed mood

dry skin and hair

dry, puffy skin

feeling cold

hair loss


rectal bleeding

red, scaling, or crusted skin

sensitivity to heat

severe abdominal or stomach pain

severe diarrhea

slowed heartbeat


swelling of the front part of the neck

weight gain

weight loss

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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