Drug Interactions With the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine
More Details on Drug Interactions With the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide VaccineThe following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
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 actually giving the injection) know that you are taking an anticoagulant before receiving the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.
People taking an anticoagulant should probably receive this vaccine subcutaneously (injected just under the skin), instead of intramuscularly (this vaccine can be given either way).
If you are taking an immunosuppressant, you may not receive the full benefit of the pneumococcal polysaccharide 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, albeit a milder form. However, because the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is not a live vaccine, this is not a problem.
Final ThoughtsIt is possible that not all pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine drug interactions were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about any specific interactions that may apply to you.