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Generic Name: Diphtheria Toxoid, Tetanus Toxoid, Acellular Pertussis, Inactivated Polio, and Haemophilus B Conjugate Vaccine (dif-THEER-ee-ah/TET-a-nus/aye-SELL-yoo-ler per-TUS-is/POE-lee-oh/hem-OFF-fil-us)Brand Name: Pentacel

Pentacel is used for:

Preventing diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and haemophilus B infections in infants and children.

Pentacel is a vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and haemophilus B. It works by helping the immune system to protect against these infections.

Do NOT use Pentacel if:

  • the patient is allergic to any ingredient in Pentacel
  • the patient has had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to any previous dose of this vaccine or a similar vaccine
  • the patient has had brain or nervous system problems (eg, coma, prolonged seizures, unusual or severe drowsiness) from an unknown cause within 7 days after a previous pertussis-containing vaccine
  • the patient has certain uncontrolled brain or nervous system problems (eg, infantile spasms, uncontrolled seizures)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply the patient.

Before using Pentacel :

Some medical conditions may interact with Pentacel . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if the patient has any medical conditions, especially if any of the following applies:

  • if the patient is pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or is breast-feeding
  • if the patient is taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if the patient has allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, especially latex
  • if the patient has developed any of the following within 48 hours after a previous pertussis-containing vaccine: coma, high fever (greater than 105 degrees F [40.5 degrees C]) from an unknown cause, or persistent crying (for more than 3 hours)
  • if the patient has a history of seizures (with or without fever) within 3 days of a previous pertussis-containing vaccine
  • if the patient is very ill, weakened, or dehydrated; has a fever, infection, or other current illness; has cancer; or receives chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • if the patient has a weakened immune system (eg, HIV infection, AIDS) or takes medicine that may weaken the immune system such as immunosuppressants (eg, cyclosporine) or corticosteroids (eg, prednisone)
  • if the patient has a history of nervous system problems (eg, infantile spasms, multiple sclerosis, seizures), Guillain-Barre syndrome, poor health, severe kidney problems (eg, kidney failure), or bleeding problems (eg, hemophilia, low platelets)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Pentacel . Tell your health care provider if the patient is taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Medicines that may weaken the immune system, immunosuppressants (eg, cyclosporine), corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), or medicines to treat cancer because they may decrease Pentacel 's effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Pentacel may interact with other medicines that the patient takes. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Pentacel :

Use Pentacel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Pentacel is given as an injection at the patients doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • It is very important to receive each vaccine as scheduled. Be sure to make a note of when each vaccine was given for the child's medical record.
  • If the patient misses a dose of Pentacel , contact the patient's doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Pentacel .

Important safety information:

  • Tell the patient's doctor or dentist that the patient has received Pentacel before they receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Tell the patient's doctor if the patient will be receiving other vaccines.
  • Pentacel may not protect everyone who receives it from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, or haemophilus B. Discuss any questions or concerns with the patient's doctor.
  • Pentacel should not be used in INFANTS younger than 6 weeks of age or in CHILDREN who are 5 years of age or older; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Pentacel is not approved for use in adults. It is not known if Pentacel can cause harm to the fetus. If you use Pentacel and become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Pentacel while you are pregnant. It is not known if Pentacel is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding and use Pentacel , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Pentacel :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; headache; mild fever or chills; minor joint pain or swelling; minor muscle ache or weakness; minor pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; nausea; tiredness; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blistering or sores at the injection site; bluish discoloration of the fingers; fainting; muscle spasms; numbness or tingling of the arms or legs; paleness; seizure; severe or persistent fever, chills, dizziness, diarrhea, or vomiting; severe or persistent irritability (eg, unusual crying, screaming, restlessness); severe or persistent joint pain or swelling; shortness of breath; signs of dehydration (eg, decreased amount of urine, very dry lips or mouth); unresponsiveness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Pentacel :

Pentacel is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Pentacel at home, store Pentacel as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Protect from light. Keep Pentacel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Pentacel , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Pentacel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Pentacel . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Pentacel Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Pentacel Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Pentacel Consumer Overview

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