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(Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed)

Please read this Patient Information summary carefully before you get this shot. This summary does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about BioThrax. If you have questions or would like more information, please talk with your healthcare provider.

What is the most important information I should know about BioThrax

  • Only people with a high risk of getting the disease need to get the shots.
  • BioThrax may not completely protect everyone who gets the shots.

What is BioThrax?

BioThrax is a vaccine to protect people 18 through 65 years of age from anthrax disease.

People can get anthrax from touching, eating, or breathing in anthrax germs. It is a serious disease and can be fatal.

Who should not get BioThrax?

You should not get BioThrax if you:

  • Had a serious reaction after getting BioThrax before.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before getting BioThrax?

  • If you may be pregnant, plan to get pregnant soon, or are nursing a baby
  • About medicines that you take, including over-the-counter medicines and supplements.
  • About immune problems you have, including steroid treatments and cancer treatments.
  • About blood clotting problems or if you take “blood thinners.”
  • If you are allergic to latex

How is BioThrax given?

BioThrax is given as a shot in your arm.

After getting the first shot, you should come back for the next shots on the schedule given to you by your health care provider. It is important that you get all your shots to get the best protection..

What are the possible or reasonably likely side effects of BioThrax?

  • Pain, tenderness, redness, bruising, or problems moving the arm in which you got the shot
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting

Tell your healthcare provider about any side effects that concern you. Your healthcare provider can give you a complete list of side effects available to healthcare professionals.

You may report side effects to FDA by calling 1-800-822-7967 or to the website You may also report side effects directly to Emergent BioSolutions at 1-877-246-8472 or at

What are the ingredients in BioThrax?

BioThrax contains aluminum hydroxide, benzothonium chloride and formaldehyde (as preservatives).

The vial stopper contains natural rubber latex.

Last reviewed on RxList: 11/2/2015
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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