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Travelers' Diarrhea and Cholera Vaccine (TRAV uh lerz dahy uh REE uh & KOL er uh vak SEEN)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: Canada

Dukoral®

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to prevent travelers’ diarrhea and cholera.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child has a stomach illness like loose stools (diarrhea) or throwing up.
  • If your child has an infection or an illness with a fever.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of their drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
  • This drug may not protect all people who use it. You must still do steps to keep from getting these health problems. These may be things like using care when picking food or water and using good cleanliness. Talk with the doctor.
  • If your child is on a low-salt or salt-free diet, talk with your child’s doctor.
  • If your child is also taking the oral typhoid vaccine, do not give it to your child within 8 hours of this drug.
  • Do not give to a child younger than 2 years of age.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:
  • Belly pain.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • Give this drug by mouth only.
  • Give on an empty stomach. Do not let your child eat, drink, or take other drugs by mouth for 1 hour before and for 1 hour after taking this drug.
  • This drug must be mixed with a certain liquid (buffer solution) before it is taken. To make the buffer solution, open the buffer packet and melt the granules in 5 ounces (150 mL) of cool water. Do not mix with any other liquid.
  • Children ages 2 to 6 years only: Pour away half of the liquid before adding the vaccine.
  • Shake vaccine liquid and add to the mixture. Mix well before having child drink.
  • Have your child drink within 2 hours of mixing.
  • Give the last dose at least 1 week before your child travels to the high risk place.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • If you miss giving the 2nd or 3rd dose and it has been less than 6 weeks since your child took the last dose, give the missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • If you are not sure what to do if you miss giving your child a dose, call the doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Before mixing, store in the refrigerator.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Before mixing, this drug may be stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. This can be done 1 time only.
  • After mixing, you may store at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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