Can I take antibiotics or steroids when I get the BCG vaccine?

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No. If you are currently taking antibiotics or steroids, chemotherapy or tuberculosis medications, your doctor or healthcare provider needs to know. These medications can decrease the effectiveness of the BCG vaccine. Talk with your doctor about any current medications you are taking before scheduling the BCG vaccine. This list needs to include both prescription medications and nutritional supplements or vitamins.

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