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If you've used Zostavax, please help others by sharing your experience. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Increased risk of allergic reactions
I was part of a clinical study of Zostavax for those 50-60 yrs. of age, however, after administration of the vaccine I have experienced increased allergic reactions to various foods and drugs, including the ace inhibitors and statins that I have taken for 15 + years. Can this be related?

AskDocWeb: To date, there is no known cause-effect relationship for an increased risk of allergic reactions induced by the Zostavax vaccine. However some preservatives in vaccines like thiomersal and 2-phenoxyethanol (2-PE) have been identified in single case reports to trigger allergic reactions after vaccination.

What you are experiencing may be a small part of a larger problem. The number of people with allergies has tripled in the last 20 years and the figure is rising about 5% every year. Whether the cause is GMO foods, chemicals in our environment, or something else, it really needs more research.

Zostavax while on Acyclovir?
Date: 5/25/2015
dear May I take Zostavax if I'm already on Acyclovir tab. Thanks

AskDocWeb: Since Zostavax® is a live vaccine, concurrent use with Acyclovir or other antiviral medications (e.g. famciclovir and valacyclovir) may decrease the efficacy of the vaccine. Ideally antiviral therapy should be avoided for 14-28 days following administration of Zostavax®.

Persistent side effects
Date: 6/15/2017
Since receiving the vaccine 3 weeks ago I've had some headaches, nausea, joint pain, and my hair is falling out. Please tell me when this will stop. I never get headaches. There was a local reaction which peaked after 3 days and slowly resolved in just over a week. The injection site became swollen, hot, and red 4 by 6 inches around with a rash below the site which was indurated, painful, and itched intensely. Worse experience. Id like to know if the pain will ever stop and will my hair all fall out?

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