Pentaxim Vaccine


Introduction

Pentaxim Vaccine is a prescription medicine having combination of medicines that is used in the treatment of diphtheria, influenza (flu), pertussis, tetanus, and polio. It helps in developing immunity. It protects the body against future infections.

Pentaxim Vaccine injection must be administered under the supervision of a healthcare professional. You should not take it if you have any known allergy from this injection.

The most common side effects include loss of appetite, nervousness, irritability, unusual crying, sleepiness, vomiting, injection site redness, swelling, pain, and induration, fever, diarrhea, insomnia, and sleep disorder. If any of these side effects or any other symptoms which you think are because of this medicine persist for a longer duration, please inform your doctor.

Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or suffering from any other diseases. This medicine is safe to use in breastfeeding mothers and patients suffering from liver and kidney diseases. It is advised to avoid alcohol while taking this medicine.

Uses of Pentaxim Injection

Benefits of Pentaxim Injection

In Prevention of Tetanus

Tetanus is a serious bacterial infection that affects the nervous system and causes muscles throughout the body to become stiff and tighten. Pentaxim Vaccine helps prevent tetanus infection. It helps the immune system to produce antibodies to fight against tetanus infection. However, it does not provide lifelong protection. A booster shot is also recommended. It is advisable to consult your doctor for complete information regarding vaccination schedules.

In Prevention of Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that causes pain and swelling in the throat. This might cause difficulty in breathing. It might also damage the heart, kidneys and nerves. Pentaxim Vaccine gives protection against diphtheria. It is advisable to consult your doctor for complete information regarding vaccination schedules.

In Prevention of Influenza (flu)

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system (nose, throat and lungs) and is often called the flu. Pentaxim Vaccine protects against influenza virus and is generally effective within two weeks of administration. However this protection does not last lifelong and you need to take the vaccine every year. It is advisable to consult your doctor for complete information regarding vaccination schedules.

In Prevention of Pertussis

Pertussis (often called whooping cough) is an infection of the airways that can occur at any age but mostly affects infants and young children. The infection causes uncontrollable coughing that can make it difficult to breathe. Pentaxim Vaccine gives protection from pertussis. Infants and children need a dose of the vaccine starting around 2 months of age. However, it is advisable to consult your doctor for complete information regarding vaccination schedules.

In Prevention of Polio

Polio is a life-threatening disease caused by the polio virus. It can spread from person to person and can infect the brain and spinal cord causing paralysis (unable to move body parts). Pentaxim Vaccine gives protection against polio virus. It works by helping the immune system to produce antibodies to fight against the virus. Consult your doctor for complete information regarding vaccination schedules.

Side effects of Pentaxim 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 Pentaxim

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nervousness
  • Unusual crying
  • Sleepiness
  • Vomiting
  • Injection site redness
  • Injection site swelling
  • Injection site pain
  • Injection site induration (hardening of a normally soft tissue or organ)
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Sleep disorder

How to use Pentaxim Injection

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

How Pentaxim Injection works

Pentaxim Vaccine is a combination of five vaccines. They help 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 Pentaxim Vaccine. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Pentaxim Vaccine 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.
Breast feeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Pentaxim Vaccine is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether Pentaxim Vaccine alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Pentaxim Vaccine is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Pentaxim Vaccine may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Pentaxim Vaccine is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Pentaxim Vaccine may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

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pentaxim vaccine is good or bad for babies
Dr. Gopal Bansilal Samdani
Paediatrics
Pentaxim vaccine is given world wide and approved by all authorities
Cost for pentavalent vaccine at private
Dr. Rahul Yadav
Paediatrics
Pentavac vaccine costs around 600. Pentaxim vaccine costs around 2500. Exact costs may vary slightly according to local avilability factor.
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FAQs

Q. Can Pentaxim Vaccine be given to children with a weak immune system?

Yes, Pentaxim Vaccine can be given to children with a weak immune system. The weak immune system could be due to some underlying disease or if the child is treated with drugs that may weaken his/her immune system like steroids, cytotoxic drugs or radiotherapy. Vaccination may need to be delayed until the treatment is complete. Inform the doctor about the immune system of the child before vaccination.

Q. How is Pentaxim Vaccine stored?

Pentaxim Vaccine should be stored in the refrigerator between 2°C - 8°C. Do not freeze. Do not use if you notice an abnormal color or the presence of foreign particles. Keep it out of sight and reach of children.

Q. What are the contraindications associated with the use of Pentaxim Vaccine?

Use of Pentaxim Vaccine is not recommended in children with a known allergy to this vaccine or any of its components. The use of this vaccine is not recommended in case the child suffers from encephalopathy or has recently developed an acute illness.

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References

  1. Pentaxim (Diphtheria + Tetanus + Pertussis (Acellular, Component) + Poliomyletis (Inactivated) Vaccine + Haemophilus Type B Conjugate Vaccine, Adsorbed). Thailand: Sanofi Pasteur Ltd.; 2014. [Accessed 25 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link

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Sanofi House, CTS No.117-B, L&T Business Park, Saki Vihar Road, Powai, Mumbai 400072
Country of origin: France

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