Tetanus Toxoid

Generic Name:Tetanus Toxoid Injection

Tetanus Toxoid is a prescribed vaccination which is provided in prevention of Tetanus, Diphtheria and whooping cough. This vaccine is given in a group of three injections. This medication is given to provide protection immunity against tetanus or lockjaw in adults and children 7 years or older. Vaccination is the best way to protect against this life-threatening disease. Vaccines work by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies). Tetanus vaccine is usually first given to infants with 2 other vaccines for diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis) in a series of 3 injections. This medication is usually used as a "booster" vaccine after this first series. Booster injections may be needed at the time of injury in older children and adults if it has been 5-10 years since the last tetanus vaccine was received. Booster injections should also be given every 10 years even if no injury has occurred. This injection or an injection with tetanus/diphtheria or tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis may be used for the booster.

How to use Tetanus Toxoid Injections

  • This medication is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional, usually into the upper arm or upper thigh.
  • This medication should not be given to people who currently have an infection or illness. Try to schedule the vaccination later after the illness is over.
  • Your healthcare provider may prescribe Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoids for adults only, Tetanus Toxoid Adsorbed, Tetanus Toxoid for Booster Use Only, Tetanus-Diphtheria Toxoid Adults and Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis vaccine.

Cautions before Use Tetanus Toxoid Injections

  • This product may contain inactive ingredients such as latex, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
  • Before receiving this medication, make sure that the patient or the child is not allergic to the medicine.
  • People or children with a medical history of severe reaction to vaccine such as paralysis or encephalopathy are advised to not to take this medication.
  • People with a problem of bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, low platelets are advised to not to take this medicine.
  • People with a medical history of history of Guillain-Barre syndrome are suggested to not to take this medication.
  • People or children who are suffering from high fever such as 103° to higher then it is advisable that the injection is not given to these patients.
  • People suffering from cancer or receiving cancer treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy are advised to not to take this medication.
  • People who are suffering from weak immune system or HIV/AIDS should not take this medication.

Tetanus Toxoid Injections Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of tetanus Toxoid are as follows:

  • Mild fever
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Pain/itching/swelling/redness at the injection site may occur

Interactions and Overdose of Tetanus Toxoid Injections

Tetanus Toxoid may interact with “blood thinners” such as warfarin, corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone, prednisone, and cancer chemotherapy, drugs that weaken the immune system such as cyclosporine, efalizumab, tacrolimus, and other recent/planned vaccinations such as diphtheria/tetanus toxoids.

Overdose effects of this medicine are not known yet.


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