What is this medicine?
TETANUS TOXOID (TET n uhs TOK soid) is a vaccine. It is used to prevent infections of tetanus (lockjaw).
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- bleeding disorder
- immune system problems
- infection with fever
- low levels of platelets in the blood
- an unusual or allergic reaction to tetanus toxoid, vaccines, latex, thimerosal, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
This vaccine is for injection into a muscle or under the skin. It is given by a health care professional.
A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 7 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
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?
Report any adverse reaction following administration to your health care provider. Contact your doctor or health care professional and seek emergency medical care if any serious side effects occur.
This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone.
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
- arthritis pain
- breathing problems
- extreme changes in behavior
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- fever over 100 degrees F
- pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
- 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 of 100 degrees F or less
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.