Dukoral (generic name: Cholera Vaccine) is a drug which is prescribed for the prevention of and protection against travellers’ diarrhea (TD) and/or cholera in adults and children 2 years of age and older who will be visiting areas where there is a risk of contracting TD caused by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) or cholera caused by V. cholerae. Protection against ETEC diarrhea and cholera can be expected about one week after the primary immunization series is completed. Cholera is a serious disease that can cause death. It is caused by a germ called Vibrio cholerae, and is spread most often through infected food or water. If you are traveling to cholera-infected areas, avoid eating uncooked food, especially fish and shellfish, and peel fruit yourself. Avoid water that may be infected; carbonated bottled water and carbonated soft drinks are safe.
Dukoral Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Dukoral including fever, headache and pain or redness at the site of the injection. More serious side effects may include difficulty breathing or swallowing, hives, itchy palms, reddening or the skin, swelling of the eyes or face and unusual tiredness or weakness. If you experience any side effects you must seek immediate medical attention for safety.
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed it you, and there will also be dosage and information on the pack. Dukoral comes in liquid form and is to be injected by a medical professional. Dukoral should be stored at room temperature away from direct light and heat.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Dukoral you should not take it, and should inform your doctor. You must consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. You should consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications, as they may interact with Dukoral including the yellow fever vaccine. You should also inform you doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Dukoral may cause harm to your baby.
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