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Composition for PENTAXIM STD

Diphtheria Toxoid(30 mcg),Tetanus Toxoid(25 mcg)

food interaction for PENTAXIM STD

alcohol interaction for PENTAXIM STD

pregnancy interaction for PENTAXIM STD

lactation interaction for PENTAXIM STD

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Pentaxim std 30 mcg/25 mcg injection at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Pentaxim std 30 mcg/25 mcg injection may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Pentaxim std 30 mcg/25 mcg injection is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Diphtheria Toxoid(30 mcg)


Diphtheria toxoid is a vaccine used to protect against the infectious disease diphtheria. It is used in combination with other vaccines that offer protection against disease like pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus (DPT vaccine).

How it works

Diphtheria toxoid belongs to a class of drugs called vaccines. It works by developing body’s natural immunity (antibodies) against diphtheria infections. 

Common side effects

Neurological disturbances, Pain, Fever, Flushing, Decreased blood pressure, Skin redness, Tachycardia, Tenderness, Urticaria
Tetanus Toxoid(25 mcg)


Tetanus toxoid is the vaccine given for prevention of tetanus (a bacterial infection with symptoms of tightening of muscles of the body and locked jaw).

How it works

It works by helping the body produce substances (antibodies) that resist infection from bacteria causing tetanus.

Common side effects

Nausea, Pain in extremity, Peripheral neuropathy, Joint pain, Body ache, Convulsion, Facial swelling, Fever, Injection site tenderness, Injection site pain, Vomiting


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Expert advice for PENTAXIM STD

• For DPT vaccine, always follow the compulsory schedule of 5 doses starting from 6 weeks age of a child.Inform your doctor, if you have taken diphtheria toxoid vaccine within 5 years.
• Inform your doctor, if you are suffering from blood disorders, sudden temporary loss of movements (Guillain Barre Syndrome), or if you have a poor body defence system.
• Do not drive of operate machinery after the injection, as the combination vaccines may cause dizziness.
• Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe allergic reaction such as tightness in chest, difficulty breathing, fainting, fits, tingling or weakness in hands and feet, severe and persistent swelling, redness and pain on injection site. 
• Should not be given to patients allergic to diphtheria toxoids, any of the components of the combination vaccines or any of its ingredients.
• Should not be given to patients with acute severe illness with high fever.
• Should not be given to patients with a history of severe allergic reaction after vaccination with any other diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccines.

Frequently asked questions for PENTAXIM STD

Diphtheria Toxoid

Q. Is diphtheria toxin an endotoxin?
No, diphtheria toxin is an exotoxin and not an endotoxin.
Q. Is diphtheria toxin a protein?
Yes, diphtheria toxin is an extracellular protein of the bacteria Corynebacterium diphtheriae.

Tetanus Toxoid

Q. What does tetanus toxoid do?
Tetanus toxoid is the vaccine given for prevention of tetanus.

Q. How does it work?
 Tetanus symptoms involve tightening of muscles of the body and causing a locked jaw, thus making it impossible to breathe, open the mouth to eat or swallow. It works by helping the body produce substances that resist infection from bacteria causing tetanus.
Q. Is tetanus toxoid a live vaccine/attenuated?
Tetanus toxoid is an inactivated toxin. It is neither a live vaccine/attenuated.

Q. Does it cause passive immunity?
 Tetanus toxin imparts passive immunity to the patient.
Q. Is tetanus toxoid an antibiotic or protein?
Tetanus toxoid is not an antibiotic. It is an inactive protein.
Q. Does tetanus toxoid need a skin test?
Tetanus toxoid may not require a skin test. kindly consult your doctor for the same

Q. Does it have to be refrigerated?
 It has to be refrigerated between 2-8 degrees centigrade.

Q.Does it contain horse serum?
  Tetanus toxoid does not contain horse serum.


Content on this page was last updated on 06 October, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)