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Anthrax vaccine adsorbed Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 1, 2023.

Applies to anthrax vaccine adsorbed: suspension.

Serious side effects

Along with its needed effects, anthrax vaccine adsorbed 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 anthrax vaccine adsorbed:

More common

Less common

Incidence not known

Other side effects

Some side effects of anthrax vaccine adsorbed 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

Incidence not known

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to anthrax vaccine adsorbed: injectable suspension, subcutaneous suspension.


The most common adverse events were injection site reactions (tenderness, pain, erythema, edema, arm motion limitation), muscle aches, headache, and fatigue.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Tenderness (72%), erythema (71%), warmth (51%), induration (40%), edema (46%), nodule (42%), itching (26%), arm motion limitation (15%)

Common (1% to 10%): Bruise

Postmarketing reports: Lump[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (11%)

Postmarketing reports: Paresthesia syncope, dizziness, tremor, ulnar nerve neuropathy[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (13%)

Postmarketing reports: Malaise, pain, cellulitis, flu-like symptoms[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Muscle ache, tender/painful axillary adenopathy

Postmarketing reports: Myalgia, arthralgia, arthropathy, rhabdomyolysis[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis, angioedema, rash, urticaria, erythema multiforme, anaphylactoid reactions, and Stevens Johnson syndrome)[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Skin hyperpigmentation, alopecia, pruritus, rash, urticaria[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Nausea[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Flushing[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Insomnia[Ref]


1. Product Information. Biothrax (anthrax vaccine adsorbed). Emergent BioSolutions Inc. 2003.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.