Recombivax HB Adult Side Effects
Generic Name: hepatitis b adult vaccine
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 23, 2020.
Note: This document contains side effect information about hepatitis b adult vaccine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Recombivax HB Adult.
For the Consumer
Applies to hepatitis b adult vaccine: intramuscular solution
Other dosage forms:
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, hepatitis b adult vaccine (the active ingredient contained in Recombivax HB Adult) 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 immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking hepatitis b adult vaccine:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- inability to move the arms and legs
- pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
- sudden numbness and weakness in the arms and legs
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of hepatitis b adult 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:
- General feeling of discomfort or illness
- pain at the injection site
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- redness or swelling at the injection site
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to hepatitis b adult vaccine: intramuscular solution, intramuscular suspension
The most common adverse events were injection site reactions, headache, and fatigue.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Injection site pain (33.8%), injection site soreness (22%), injection site redness (15.6%), injection site swelling (11.7%)
Common (1% to 10%): Injection site induration
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Injection site ecchymosis, injection site pruritus
Postmarketing reports: Injection site reaction[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Headache (23.4%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, drowsiness
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Somnolence, tingling, paresthesia
Postmarketing reports: Encephalitis, encephalopathy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, neuritis, neuropathy including hypoesthesia, Guillain-Barre syndrome and Bell's palsy, optic neuritis, paralysis, paresis, seizures, syncope, transverse myelitis, vertigo, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system, exacerbation of multiple sclerosis[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (33.8%)
Common (1% to 10%): Fever, malaise
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Chills, influenza-like symptoms, sweating, achiness, sensation of warmth, lightheadedness, flushing, earache
Apparent hypersensitivity syndrome (serum sickness-like) of delayed onset has been reported days to weeks after vaccination, including: arthralgia/arthritis (usually transient), fever, and dermatologic reactions such as urticaria, erythema multiforme, ecchymosis, and erythema nodosum.[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Appetite lost
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anorexia[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Irritability
Common (1% to 10%): Pharyngitis, upper respiratory infection
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Upper respiratory tract illnesses, rhinitis, cough, influenza
Frequency not reported: Pharyngitis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Arthralgia, back pain, myalgia, pain/stiffness in arm, shoulder, or neck
Postmarketing reports: Arthritis, muscular weakness[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Gastrointestinal symptoms
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abdominal pain/cramps, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Lymphadenopathy
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Erythema, petechiae, pruritus, rash, sweating, urticaria
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Flushing, hypotension
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Uveitis
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More about Recombivax HB Adult (hepatitis b adult vaccine)
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.