This medication is an immunization agent, prescribed for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B and polio infections in infants and children. Pediarix works by exposing child to a small dose of the bacteria or a protein from the bacteria or virus, which causes the body to develop immunity to the disease.
Contraindicated in patients with encephalopathy, progressive neurologic disorder, including infantile spasms, uncontrolled epilepsy due to previous administration of any pertussis-containing vaccine within 7 days and hypersensitivity.
The primary immunization series is 3 doses of 0.5 mL, given intramuscularly, at 6- to 8-week intervals (preferably 8 weeks).
It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the large muscle.
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of fever, infection, cancer, received chemotherapy or radiation therapy, weakened immune system, central nervous system problems, bleeding problems, any allergy, who are taking other medications.
It should not be used in children less than 6 weeks of age.
Do not administer this medication subcutaneously or intravenously.
Death, seizures and brain disorder.
Heart: Blue baby.
Gastrointestinal: Diarrhea and vomiting.
General: Fatigue, limb swelling, fever and sudden infant death syndrome.
Injection site reactions: Itching, in duration, nodule/lump, pain, redness, swelling, warmth and irritability.
Immune: Severe allergic reactions.
Respiratory: Upper respiratory tract infection, cough and difficulty in breathing.
Liver: Abnormal liver function tests.
Metabolic: Loss of appetite.
Central Nervous System: Bony projection in head, convulsions, depressed level of consciousness, febrile convulsions, muscle weakness, lethargy and drowsiness.
Psychiatric : Crying, sleeplessness, nervousness, restlessness and screaming.
Skin: Redness, rash, hives, red spots and paleness.
Avoid excess dosage.
Store it in refrigerator (2ē and 8ēC), do not freeze it.
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