Adacel

Drug List

Adacel

Drug Name

Adacel (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap))

Manufactured By

Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

This vaccine is used to keep up protection (immunity) against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw) and pertussis (whooping cough) in children and adults who have been vaccinated for these diseases in the past. Vaccination is the best way to protect against these life-threatening diseases. Vaccines work by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies). Booster doses are needed to keep up immunity because antibody levels may become too low over time to provide the needed protection.

How To Use

This medication is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional. It is usually given in the upper arm.

Side Effects

Pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site may occur. Headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, vomiting, or sore/swollen joints may also occur. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen (non-aspirin) may be used to reduce soreness. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your health care professional promptly. Infrequently, temporary symptoms such as fainting/dizziness/lightheadedness, vision changes, numbness/tingling, or seizure-like movements have happened after vaccine injections. Tell your health care professional right away if you have any of these symptoms soon after receiving an injection. Sitting or lying down may relieve symptoms. Tell your health care professional right away if you have any serious side effects, including: high fever (higher than 104 degrees F/40 degrees C), muscle weakness, difficulty breathing. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your health care professional.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your health care professional. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products that may interact with this vaccine include: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone), cancer chemotherapy, drugs that suppress the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine, tacrolimus), other vaccines (e.g., diphtheria/tetanus toxoids).

In Case of Overdose

Not applicable.

In Case of Missed Dose

It is important to receive each vaccination as scheduled. Be sure to make a note of when the vaccination was last given for your medical record.

Storage

Not applicable.