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Menactra

Generic Name: meningococcal (a, c, y, w-135) polysaccharide diphtheria toxoid conjugate vaccine (ma-nin-ja-KOK-al POL-ee-SAK-uh-ride dif-THEER-ee-a)
Brand Name: Menactra

Menactra is used for:

Preventing meningococcal infection caused by a certain type of bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis) in patients 9 months through 55 years old.

Menactra is a vaccine. It works by causing your immune system to produce antibodies against certain meningococcal bacteria, which helps your body to fight the infection.

Do NOT use Menactra if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Menactra
  • you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue) to a prior meningococcal or diphtheria-containing vaccination
  • you have a history of a certain nervous system problem (Guillain-Barré syndrome)

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

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Before using Menactra:

Some medical conditions may interact with Menactra. 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 (eg, rubber latex)
  • if you have immune system problems (eg, weakened immune system), HIV infection, problems with your spleen, or have recently had or will be having any other vaccines.
  • if you have any infection or illness, or you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • if you have a bleeding problem (eg, hemophilia) or low blood platelets

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

  • Medicines that suppress the immune system, such as corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), cancer chemotherapy (eg, methotrexate), or cyclosporine, because they may decrease Menactra's effectiveness. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure if any of your medicines suppress the immune system
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of bleeding may be increased

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

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

  • Menactra is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Menactra if it has been frozen, contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Menactra, contact your doctor right away.

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

Important safety information:

  • Menactra may not work as well in patients who have immune system problems or are taking medicine that suppresses the immune system, such as corticosteroids (eg, prednisone). Tell your doctor if you have any immune system problems or other illnesses.
  • Menactra may not protect everyone who receives it. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor if you have recently received or will be receiving any other vaccine.
  • Menactra should be used with extreme caution in patients older than 55 years old; safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • Menactra is not approved for use in CHILDREN younger than 9 months old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Menactra can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Menactra while you are pregnant. It is not known if Menactra is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Menactra, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Menactra:

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:

Chills; decreased appetite; diarrhea; drowsiness (in children younger than 11 years old); hardening, tenderness, pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; headache; irritability (in children younger than 11 years old); joint pain; mild fever; tiredness; unusual crying (in children 9 to 12 months old); 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); burning, numbness, or tingling; fainting; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness; trouble swallowing; weakness in the arms, legs, or facial muscles; wheezing.

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 Menactra:

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

General information:

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

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
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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