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Meningitis Act Injection


Overview

Introduction

Meningitis Act Injection is a medicine used for prevention meningococcal disease. This vaccine prevents invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups A, C, Y, and W-135. It is approved for use in both children and adults.

Meningitis Act Injection is given by a healthcare professional and should not be self-administered. It is important to receive all the doses of the vaccine to be effective.

Some common side effects of this medicine include injection site reactions (such as pain, swelling, redness), irritability, loss of appetite, sleepiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If these side effects do not go away with time or get worse, let the doctor know. The doctor may help with ways to reduce or prevent these symptoms.

To make sure the vaccine is safe, before receiving the vaccine, it is important to let the doctor know if you have any other illnesses. You should also tell the doctor about all the medicines you are taking. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should consult and seek advice from their doctor before receiving the vaccine.

Uses of Meningitis Act Injection

Side effects of Meningitis Act Injection

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Meningitis Act

  • Injection site reaction
  • Irritation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleepiness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Injection site reaction
    Try to change the area of injection and the exact site of injection each time. Apply a cold compress to the injection site. These symptoms are usually mild and should only last a few hours. You can ask your doctor to recommend a medicine if it is bothering you.
  • Coping with Irritation
    If you feel this medicine is causing mood or behavior changes, speak to your doctor as you may need a change of medicine. There are also some things you can do yourself. Eat well, do relaxation or deep breathing exercises and practice regular exercise that you enjoy, such as walking, swimming or yoga. Try to avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugar as these can all cause mood swings or make them worse. A good night’s sleep can also help. It often helps to talk to a friend or family member even if you find this difficult. If it bothers you, consult with your doctor.
  • Coping with Loss of appetite
    It is important to eat, even if you do not feel like it. You might try switching to smaller meals and frequent snacks. Try eating healthy and nutritious snacks that are high in calories and protein, such as dried fruit and nuts. It is important to drink even if you cannot eat. But, do not fill your stomach with liquid before eating. Eat when you are most hungry. Exercise such as a short walk may also increase your appetite. Talk to your doctor about possible medication or supplements if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Sleepiness
    If the medicine is making you drowsy during the day, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. You can also consider taking a nap. Physical exercises such as walking may be helpful. Do not drink alcohol, as it will make you feel more tired. Avoid driving or operating heavy equipment when you are feeling drowsy. This problem usually goes away as your body gets used to the medicine. However, if it does not, ask your doctor if you can take your medicine at bedtime or whether the dose can be reduced.
  • Coping with Headache
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Rest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Do not sleep more than you normally would. Do not strain your eyes (for example by looking at a screen). Do not drink alcohol. Headaches are usually temporary and usually go away with time. But, if they last longer or get worse, ask your doctor to recommend a painkiller.
  • Coping with Dizziness
    This is usually short-lived and should go away within a few days. If this happens, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Lying still in a dark, quiet room may help reduce the spinning feeling. Sleep with your head slightly raised on two or more pillows. Get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. Get plenty of rest and try to relax as being anxious can make it worse. Try taking this medicine at bedtime to reduce the symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and ginger tea may also help. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking as it will make you feel worse. Avoid driving or using tools or machinery until you feel better.
  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Vomiting
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Diarrhea
    Keep up your intake of fluids and electrolytes (sugars and salts) to avoid getting dehydrated. Eat less fiber (avoid raw fruits, fruit juice and vegetables). Talk to your doctor about possible medication to manage diarrhea. Ask about reducing the dosage of your drug or other suitable treatments.

How to use Meningitis Act Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Meningitis Act Injection works

Meningitis Act Injection is a vaccine which helps develop immunity by initiating a mild infection. This type of infection does not cause illness but stimulates the body's immune system to produce antibodies (proteins) to protect against any future infections.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Meningitis Act Injection. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Meningitis Act Injection may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Meningitis Act Injection is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
SAFE
Meningitis Act Injection does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Meningitis Act Injection is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Meningitis Act Injection may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Meningitis Act Injection is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Meningitis Act Injection may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Meningitis Act Injection?

If you miss a dose of Meningitis Act Injection, please consult your doctor.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
Meningitis Act Injection
₹381.25/Injection
Meningo A&C Injection
Sanofi India Ltd
₹395/ml of Injection
4% costlier
Bi Meningo Vaccine
Biomed Pharmaceuticals
₹450/Injection
18% costlier
Menomune Injection
Sanofi India Ltd
₹518.4/Injection
36% costlier
Quadri Meningo Vaccine
Biomed Pharmaceuticals
₹1150/ml of Injection
202% costlier

Quick Tips

  • Meningitis Act Injection is used to prevent meningococcal disease.
  • It is not recommended for use in infants and children under two years of age.
  • It is usually given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm.
  • Your doctor will advise you if and when you should receive a booster dose.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Meningitis Act with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Healgraft, Graftide-M, Mycocel S
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Thioprinz, Lazorin, Azarid
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Empurine, Mercapto, Puri Nethol
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Antep
MINOR

Patient Concerns

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Do you suggest meningococal vaccine should be given to my kid as it is mentioned as optional in schedule. Which brand do you suggest - Sanofi or Glaxo. There is considerable difference in cost between the two.
Dr. Rahul Yadav
Paediatrics
Hello, meningococcal vaccine is recommended for children as it protects against meningitis especially among children who like in hostels or are immune compromised.
I have vaccinated for meningitis?
Dr. Ila Jain Khandelwal
Pathology
Dear Rishabh Greetings from 1mg. The reports shows increased measles IgG antibody, which might be duet to chronic infection. Do you have any symptoms at present. You can consult a MD Medicine doctor for this.
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References

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