Havrix Side Effects
Generic Name: hepatitis a adult vaccine
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of hepatitis a adult vaccine. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Havrix.
Not all side effects for Havrix may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
For the Consumer
Applies to hepatitis a adult vaccine: intramuscular injectable, intramuscular solution, intramuscular suspension
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by hepatitis a adult vaccine (the active ingredient contained in Havrix). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking hepatitis a adult vaccine, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:More common
- Fever more than 99.5 degrees F
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Body aches or pain
- difficulty with breathing or swallowing
- dryness or soreness of the throat
- ear congestion
- itching, especially of the feet or hands
- loss of voice
- nasal congestion
- reddening of the skin, especially around the ears
- runny nose
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- swelling of the eyes, face, or inside of the nose
- swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
- tender, swollen glands in the neck
- tightness in the chest
- unusual tiredness or weakness (sudden and severe)
- voice changes
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- back pain
- black, tarry stools
- bleeding gums
- blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
- blood in the urine or stools
- blurred vision
- burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings in the hands, arms, feet, or legs
- clay-colored stools
- dark urine
- difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels
- difficulty with walking
- fast heartbeat
- feeling of discomfort
- feeling sad or depressed
- flu-like symptoms
- inability to move the arms and legs
- increased sweating
- inflammation of the joints
- joint or muscle pain
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- loss of appetite
- muscle aches or cramps
- pinpoint red spots on the skin
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- red, irritated eyes
- sensation of pins and needles
- shakiness and unsteady walk
- slurred speech
- sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
- stabbing pain
- stiff neck
- sudden numbness and weakness in the arms and legs
- swollen lymph glands
- unpleasant breath odor
- unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- vomiting of blood
- yellow eyes or skin
Some of the side effects that can occur with hepatitis a adult vaccine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:More common
- Pain, redness, swelling, or lumps at the injection site
- weight loss
- Arm pain
- bleeding between periods
- change in the amount of bleeding during periods
- change in the pattern of monthly periods
- lack or loss of strength
- tenderness or warmth at the injection site
- unusual stopping of menstrual bleeding
- Change in color vision
- change in taste
- collection of blood under the skin
- deep, dark purple bruise
- difficulty seeing at night
- difficulty with moving
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- excessive muscle tone
- feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
- increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight
- loss of taste
- muscle tension or tightness
- sensation of spinning
- trouble with sleeping
- unable to sleep
- Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
- sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to hepatitis a adult vaccine: intramuscular suspension
Hepatitis A vaccine is generally well-tolerated. Most side effects were mild, self-limiting, and of short duration (<= 24 hours).
Local side effects have included pain, tenderness, warmth, induration, erythema, swelling, ecchymosis, hematoma, and injection site pruritus and/or rash.
Cardiovascular side effects have included syncope.
Dermatologic side effects have included pruritus, rash, and urticaria.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included anorexia, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dysgeusia, gastroenteritis, and vomiting.
Genitourinary side effects have included menstruation disorder and isolated reports of increased urine protein.
Hematologic side effects have rarely included lymphadenopathy, thrombocytopenia, and eosinophilia.
Hepatic side effects have included isolated reports of elevated liver function tests.
Hypersensitivity reactions have included bronchial constriction, asthma, wheezing, edema/swelling, rash, generalized erythema, urticaria, pruritus, eye irritation/itching, and dermatitis.
Musculoskeletal side effects have included arthralgia, creatine phosphokinase elevations, myalgia, arm pain, back pain, and stiffness.
Nervous system side effects have included headache, hypertonic episode, insomnia, somnolence, photophobia, vertigo, Guillain-Barre syndrome, cerebellar ataxia.
Respiratory side effects have included pharyngitis, other upper respiratory tract infections, nasal congestion, and cough.
Other side effects have included asthenia, fatigue, fever, and malaise.
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