Menactra Side Effects
Generic name: meningococcal conjugate vaccine
Note: This document contains side effect information about meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Menactra.
Some side effects of Menactra may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to meningococcal conjugate vaccine: intramuscular powder for suspension, intramuscular suspension
Other dosage forms:
Along with its needed effects, meningococcal conjugate vaccine (the active ingredient contained in Menactra) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking meningococcal conjugate vaccine:Rare
- difficulty with swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- shortness of breath
- skin rash
- tightness in the chest
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Inability to move the arms and legs
- sudden and progressing muscle weakness
- sudden and severe back pain
- sudden numbness and weakness in the arms and legs
- weakness of the muscles in your face
Some side effects of meningococcal conjugate vaccine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
- difficulty with moving
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- hard lump at the injection site
- loss of appetite
- muscle pain or stiffness
- pain in the joints
- pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site
- weight loss
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to meningococcal conjugate vaccine: intramuscular powder for injection, intramuscular solution
Local side effects have included induration, redness, swelling, and pain at the injection site.
Nervous system side effects have included headache and fatigue.
General side effects have included malaise, fever, and chills.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea, vomiting, and anorexia.
Dermatological side effects have included rash.
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