Adacel

Generic Name: tetanus toxoid, diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine (TET-a-nus/dif-THEER-ee-a/aye-SELL-yoo-ler per-TUS-is)
Brand Name: Adacel

Adacel is used for:

Preventing tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis infections.

Adacel is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

Do NOT use Adacel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Adacel
  • you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) or an unusual reaction (eg, brain disorder) to any previous dose of this or a similar vaccine
  • you have had a brain disorder from an unknown cause within 7 days of a previous pertussis-containing vaccine

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Adacel:

Some medical conditions may interact with Adacel. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you has any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have developed any of the following within 48 hours after a previous pertussis-containing vaccine: high fever (greater than 105 degrees F or 40.5 degrees C) from an unknown cause, coma, or persistent crying (for more than 3 hours)
  • if you have a history of seizures (with or without fever) within 3 days of a previous pertussis-containing vaccine
  • if you have a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a brain disorder, nervous system problems (eg, seizures), or stroke
  • if you have a fever, infection, or other recent illness; cancer; a history of poor health; or a weakened immune system (eg, HIV infection, AIDS)
  • if you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • if you have recently received another vaccine

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Adacel. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), immunosuppressants (eg, cyclosporine), medicines to treat cancer, or other medicines that may weaken the immune system because they may decrease Adacel's effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Adacel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Adacel:

Use Adacel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Adacel is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If you miss your dose of Adacel, contact your doctor as soon as possible to reschedule your dose.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Adacel.

Important safety information:

  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Adacel before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Tell your doctor if you will be receiving other vaccines.
  • Adacel may not protect everyone who receives it from tetanus, diphtheria, or pertussis. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Adacel is not approved for use in ELDERLY patients older than 64 years old; safety and effectiveness in these patients have not been confirmed.
  • Caution is advised when using Adacel in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially fever.
  • Adacel is not approved for use in CHILDREN younger than 11 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Adacel while you are pregnant. It is not known if Adacel is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Adacel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Adacel:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; headache; mild fever or chills; minor joint pain or swelling; minor muscle ache or weakness; minor pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; nausea; tiredness; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blistering or sores at the injection site; fainting; muscle spasms; numbness or tingling of the arms or legs; seizure; severe or persistent diarrhea or vomiting; severe or persistent fever, chills, or dizziness; severe or persistent joint pain or swelling; severe or persistent muscle weakness; swollen lymph nodes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Adacel:

Adacel is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Adacel at home, store Adacel as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Protect from light. Keep Adacel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Adacel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Adacel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Adacel or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Adacel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Adacel. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Adacel.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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