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Anthrax (Adsorbed) Suspension for injection

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.

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 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

  • seizures

  • 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

  • headache

  • low-grade fever, chills

  • loss of appetite

  • loss of energy

  • nausea, vomiting

What may interact with this medicine?

  • adalimumab

  • anakinra

  • infliximab

  • medicines that suppress your immune system

  • medicines to treat cancer

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

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.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check-ups as directed.