Pentacel Side Effects

Generic Name: diphtheria toxoid / haemophilus b conjugate (prp-t) vaccine / pertussis, acellular / poliovirus vaccine, inactivated / tetanus toxoid

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug diphtheria toxoid / haemophilus b conjugate (prp-t) vaccine / pertussis, acellular / poliovirus vaccine, inactivated / tetanus toxoid. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Pentacel.

It is possible that some side effects of Pentacel may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to diphtheria toxoid / haemophilus b conjugate (prp-t) vaccine / pertussis, acellular / poliovirus vaccine, inactivated / tetanus toxoid: intramuscular powder for suspension, intramuscular suspension

As well as its needed effects, diphtheria toxoid / haemophilus b conjugate (prp-t) vaccine / pertussis, acellular / poliovirus vaccine, inactivated / tetanus toxoid may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking diphtheria toxoid / haemophilus b conjugate (prp-t) vaccine / pertussis, acellular / poliovirus vaccine, inactivated / tetanus toxoid, check with your doctor immediately:

More common
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • coughing or shortness of breath
  • crying, persistent and inconsolable, occurring within 48 hours and lasting 3 or more hours
  • decreased urination
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • fainting
  • fever
  • increase in heart rate
  • lightheadedness
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • noisy breathing
  • rapid breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • sunken eyes
  • thirst
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • wrinkled skin
Incidence not known
  • Bluish color of the fingernails, lips, skin, palms, or nail beds
  • chills
  • cold or flu-like symptoms
  • drowsiness
  • fast heartbeat
  • general feeling of illness
  • hives
  • hoarseness
  • irritation
  • itching
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • rash
  • redness of the skin
  • runny nose
  • severe headache
  • slow breathing
  • sneezing
  • stiff neck or back
  • stuffy nose
  • swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet

Some diphtheria toxoid / haemophilus b conjugate (prp-t) vaccine / pertussis, acellular / poliovirus vaccine, inactivated / tetanus toxoid side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Irritability
  • tenderness at the injection site
  • unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness
Incidence not known
  • 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
  • change in skin color at the injection site
  • paleness of the skin
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • vomiting

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to diphtheria toxoid / haemophilus b conjugate (prp-t) vaccine / pertussis, acellular / poliovirus vaccine, inactivated / tetanus toxoid: intramuscular kit

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular side effects have included cyanosis, and pallor.[Ref]

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have included erythema and skin discoloration.[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have included vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, gastroenteritis, and dehydration.[Ref]

General

General side effects have included fever, decreased activity, lethargy, inconsolable crying, fussiness, screaming, and irritability.[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects have included rash and urticaria.[Ref]

Local

Local side effects have included redness, swelling, tenderness, and an increase in arm circumference.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included hypotonic-hyporesponsive episodes, seizures, depressed level of consciousness, encephalopathy, meningitis, and somnolence.[Ref]

Respiratory

Respiratory side effects have included rhinitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, apnea, and cough.[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Pentacel (diphth/haemophilus/pertussis/tetanus/polio)." sanofi pasteur, Swiftwater, PA.

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