Before Using

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

In deciding to use a vaccine, the risks of taking the vaccine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this vaccine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of this vaccine in infants younger than 6 weeks of age and children 7 years of age and older. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Geriatric

This vaccine is not recommended for use in adult patients.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this vaccine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Encephalopathy (a brain disease), history of after a vaccine with pertussis—Should not be used in patients with this condition.
  • Fever, high or
  • Moderate or severe illness, with or without fever—This vaccine may make these conditions worse or may increase the chance of side effects.
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (nerve disease that causes paralysis), history of—If your child had this condition after getting a vaccine with tetanus in it, you should talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and possible risks of getting this vaccine.
  • Immunodeficiency disorder—If you have an immune system disorder, this vaccine may not work well for you.
  • Previous side effects, history of after a vaccine with pertussis—If your child has had certain side effects to this vaccine or another vaccine with pertussis in it, you should talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and possible risks of getting this vaccine. Some serious reactions include being less responsive than normal, crying continuously without stopping for 3 hours or more, having a seizure with or without a fever, or having a fever that is 105 degrees F or higher.
  • Progressive neurologic disorders—This includes infantile spasms, progressive brain disease, or uncontrolled epilepsy (seizures). This vaccine should not be given until these conditions are under control.