Generic Name: Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (dif THEER ee a & TET a nus TOKS oyds, & ay CEL yoo lar per TUS sis vak SEEN)
Brand Name: Adacel, Boostrix, Daptacel, Infanrix
Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018
Uses of Adacel:
- It is used to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Adacel?
- If you have an allergy to any part of Adacel (diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis vaccine).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have seizures or any other brain or nervous system problem.
- If you have had a brain problem like coma, lowered level of awareness, or seizures from an unknown cause within 7 days of a previous vaccine that has pertussis.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Adacel (diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis vaccine).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Adacel (diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis vaccine) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Adacel?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Adacel (diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis vaccine). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have a latex allergy, talk with your doctor.
- Not all brands of vaccines are for children. Talk with your child's doctor.
- Some children may need to have more than 1 dose of this vaccine. Talk with your child's doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Adacel (diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis vaccine) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Adacel) best taken?
Use Adacel (diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis vaccine) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into a muscle.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Feeling confused.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Change in eyesight.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Muscle weakness.
- Trouble controlling body movements.
- Very bad irritation where the shot was given.
What are some other side effects of Adacel?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Pain where the shot was given.
- Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Fever or chills.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Belly pain.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Joint pain or swelling.
- Swollen gland.
- Feeling fussy.
- Not hungry.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Crying that is not normal.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Adacel?
- If you need to store Adacel (diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis vaccine) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Adacel (diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis vaccine), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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