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Boostrix

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: Boostrix

Boostrix is used for:

Preventing tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis infections in certain patients.

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

Do NOT use Boostrix if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Boostrix
  • 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 (eg, coma, decreased level of consciousness, prolonged seizures) 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 Boostrix:

Some medical conditions may interact with Boostrix. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have 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, especially latex
  • if you have had severe pain, swelling, hardening, or bleeding at the injection site within hours of a previous tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine
  • 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; a bleeding disorder (eg, hemophilia) or low blood platelet levels; 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 Boostrix. 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 Boostrix's effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Boostrix 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 Boostrix:

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

  • Boostrix is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If you miss your dose of Boostrix, 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 Boostrix.

Important safety information:

  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Boostrix before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Tell your doctor if you will be receiving other vaccines.
  • Boostrix may not protect everyone who receives it from tetanus, diphtheria, or pertussis. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Boostrix is not approved for use in CHILDREN younger than 10 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Boostrix can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Boostrix while you are pregnant. It is not known if Boostrix is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Boostrix, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Boostrix:

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 pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; nausea; stomach pain; 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, hardening, or sores at the injection site; burning, numbness, or tingling; confusion; fainting; seizures; severe or persistent diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting; severe or persistent fever, chills, headache, or dizziness; severe or persistent joint pain or swelling; severe or persistent muscle aches or weakness; swelling of the injected limb; swollen lymph nodes; vision changes.

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 Boostrix:

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Boostrix, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Boostrix 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 Boostrix 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 Boostrix. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Boostrix. 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 Boostrix.

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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