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Drug Interactions

Pentacel can potentially interact with a few medications (see Pentacel Drug Interactions).
 

Pentacel: What Should I Tell My Child's Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your child's healthcare provider before your child receives this vaccine if your child has:
 
  • An immune-suppressing condition such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Had any sort of a reaction to any vaccine in the past
  • A moderate or severe illness
  • A brain or nervous system disorder
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Make sure to tell the healthcare provider about any medicines your child is taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Pentacel Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not get vaccinated.)
 

Storage Methods

Pentacel should be stored in the refrigerator. The vaccine should never be frozen.
 

Forms Available

Each dose of this vaccine consists of two separate components -- a liquid component (which contains the DTaP and inactivated polio vaccines) and a freeze-dried component (which contains the Hib vaccine). The two components are mixed together before injection.
 

Is There a Generic Version of Pentacel?

This vaccine is not available in generic form (see Generic Pentacel).
 
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