What is this medicine?
DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS ADSORBED (dif THEER ee uh and TET n us TOK soids ad SAWRB) is a vaccine. It is used to prevent infections of diphtheria and tetanus (lockjaw).
How should I use this medicine?
This vaccine is for injection into a muscle. 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 selected conditions, precautions do apply.
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
changes in hearing
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
loss of appetite
low-grade fever of 100 degrees F or less
What may interact with this medicine?
medicines that suppress your immune system
medicines to treat cancer
medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like daily aspirin, enoxaparin, heparin, ticlopidine, warfarin
radiopharmaceuticals like iodine I-125 or I-131
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:
immune system problems
infection with fever
low levels of platelets in the blood
an unusual or allergic reaction to diphtheria or tetanus toxoid, latex, thimerosal, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
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.