October 1, 2014
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Drug Factsheets

 Health Home >> Medications 

Menjugate

(meningococcal vaccine (group C))

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02243820 MENJUGATE POWDER FOR RECONSTITUTION, INTRAMUSCULAR INJECTION

How does Menjugate work? What will it do for me?

This medication belongs to the family of medications known as vaccines. It is used to prevent infections such as meningitis and blood infections caused by meningococcal group C bacteria (also called N. meningitidis serogroup C). It works by stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies (substances designed to attack that particular bacteria). These antibodies remain in the body, ready to attack these bacteria, thereby reducing the risk of an infection.

It is given to people who are 2 months of age or older.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor.

How should I use Menjugate?

For infants 2 to 12 months old, the usual dosing schedule is 3 doses (0.5 mL each) of vaccine injected into a muscle (preferably in the outer upper thigh) by a qualified health care professional. The doses should be given at least 1 month apart. Depending on when an infant received their vaccine, the doctor may recommend a "booster dose."

For children older than 12 months of age, adolescents, and adults, the usual dosing schedule is one dose (0.5 mL) of vaccine injected into a muscle (preferably in the upper, outer arm) by a qualified health care professional.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

Menjugate should be stored in the refrigerator. Do not freeze it. It may be stored at room temperature, but must be used within 6 months after removing it from the refrigerator or by the expiry date, whichever comes first. Protect the vaccine from light and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Menjugate come in?

Each 0.5 mL of reconstituted powder contains 10 µg of N. meningitidis group C (strain C11) oligosaccharide conjugated to a diphtheria toxoid protein carrier. Nonmedicinal ingredients: mannitol, disodium phosphate heptahydrate, sodium dihydrogen phosphate monohydrate, aluminum hydroxide, sodium chloride, and sterile water for injection.

Who should NOT take Menjugate?

Do not use this medication if you:

  • are allergic to meningococcal vaccine or any ingredients of this medication
  • are allergic to tetanus or diphtheria toxoid
  • have had neurological effects after a previous meningococcal vaccine

Continued... 1 | 2 | Next


Did you find what you were looking for on our website? Please let us know.

Ad

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are meant to be discussed with your physician or other qualified health care professional before being acted on. Never disregard any advice given to you by your doctor or other qualified health care professional. Always seek the advice of a physician or other licensed health care professional regarding any questions you have about your medical condition(s) and treatment(s). This site is not a substitute for medical advice.

© 1996 - 2014 MediResource Inc. - MediResource reaches millions of Canadians each year.