Proper Use

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Make sure your doctor knows if you are on any special diet, such as a low-sugar diet, because the OPV may be given to you on a sugar cube.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For prevention of polio:
    • For oral dosage form:
      • Adults and teenagers 18 years of age and older—One dose is given at your first visit, then a second dose is given 6 to 8 weeks later. A third dose is given 6 to 12 months after the second dose.
      • Infants and children up to 18 years of age—One dose is given at your first visit, then a second dose is given 6 to 8 weeks later. A third dose is given 8 to 12 months after the second dose. A booster dose is given at 4 to 6 years of age only if the third dose was given before the child's fourth birthday. The doses are taken by mouth.