Generic Name: Diphtheria & Tetanus Tox/Acell Pertussis/Polio Vacc (dif THEER ee a & TET a nus TOKS oyds, ay CEL yoo lar per TUS sis, & POE lee oh VYE rus vak SEEN)
Brand Name: Kinrix, Quadracel
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 8, 2019.
Uses of Quadracel:
- It is used to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Quadracel?
- If your child has an allergy to Quadracel (diphtheria & tetanus tox/acell pertussis/polio vacc) or any part of Quadracel (diphtheria & tetanus tox/acell pertussis/polio vacc).
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has seizures or any other brain or nervous system problem.
- If your child has 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 Quadracel (diphtheria & tetanus tox/acell pertussis/polio vacc).
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child's drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take Quadracel (diphtheria & tetanus tox/acell pertussis/polio vacc) with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Quadracel?
- Tell all of your child's health care providers that your child is taking Quadracel (diphtheria & tetanus tox/acell pertussis/polio vacc). This includes your child's doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- If your child has a latex allergy, talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor.
- Your child may be given another drug to lower certain side effects of Quadracel (diphtheria & tetanus tox/acell pertussis/polio vacc).
How is this medicine (Quadracel) best taken?
Give Quadracel (diphtheria & tetanus tox/acell pertussis/polio vacc) as ordered by your child's 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 child's 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 child's doctor or get medical help right away if your child has 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.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Trouble controlling body movements.
- Muscle weakness.
- Crying that lasts.
- Collapsing or passing out.
- High fever.
What are some other side effects of Quadracel?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child's doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:
- Pain, redness, or swelling where the injection was given.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Mild fever.
- Not hungry.
- Muscle pain.
- Feeling tired or weak.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child's doctor. Call your child's 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 Quadracel?
- If you need to store Quadracel (diphtheria & tetanus tox/acell pertussis/polio vacc) at home, talk with your child's doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your child's symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child's doctor.
- Do not share your child's drug with others and do not give anyone else's drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
- Talk with your child's doctor before giving your child 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. If you have any questions about Quadracel (diphtheria & tetanus tox/acell pertussis/polio vacc), please talk with your child's doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Quadracel (diphtheria & tetanus tox/acell pertussis/polio vacc), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
More about Quadracel (diphtheria toxoid / pertussis, acellular / poliovirus vaccine, inactivated / tetanus toxoid)
- Side Effects
- During Pregnancy
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
- Pricing & Coupons
- Drug class: vaccine combinations
- FDA Approval History
Other brands: Kinrix