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Anthrax (Adsorbed) Suspension for injection
Generic Name: anthrax vaccine adsorbed
Brand Names: Biothrax
What is this medicine?ANTHRAX VACCINE, ADSORBED (AN thraks VAK seen, ad SAWRB) is a vaccine. It is used to prevent infections of anthrax. People at high risk for exposure include people that work with animals or animal by-products. Routine immunization with this vaccine is not recommended. This vaccine is not approved to prevent anthrax infection after exposure. This vaccine cannot cause anthrax infection.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- anthrax exposure or infection
- fever or infection
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- immune system problems
- an unusual or allergic reaction to vaccines, latex, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This vaccine is for injection under the skin or for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?Keep appointments for follow-up (booster) doses as directed. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
What may interact with this medicine?
- medicines that suppress your immune system
- medicines to treat cancer
- steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Visit your doctor for regular check-ups as directed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- changes in hearing or vision
- fever over 101 degrees F
- unusual bruising or bleeding
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- aches or pains
- bruising, pain, swelling at site where injected
- low-grade fever, chills
- loss of appetite
- loss of energy
- nausea, vomiting
Where should I keep my medicine?This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.