Imovax Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Imovax Rabies Vaccine is used to prevent rabies in people who have been bitten by an animal or otherwise exposed to the rabies virus. It is an immunization. Common side effects include pain, swelling, itching, or redness at the injection site, headache, dizziness, muscle pain, nausea, or stomach pain.
The usual dose of Imovax for pre-exposure vaccination is six intramuscular injections, or 5 doses of Imovax plus one injection of Rabies Immune Globulin (RIG). Post-exposure vaccination is 2 injections in a person who has had the pre-exposure vaccinations. Post-exposure in a non-vaccinated person is the same as the pre-exposure regimen. Imovax may interact with chemotherapy or radiation cancer treatments, cyclosporine, sirolimus, tacrolimus, basiliximab, efalizumab, muromonab-CD3, mycophenolate mofetil, azathioprine, leflunomide, etanercept, or steroids. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you are taking. Imovax should be given during pregnancy only if prescribed. It is not known whether this vaccine is harmful to a fetus. It is not known whether Imovax rabies vaccine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Imovax Rabies Vaccine Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is Patient Information in Detail?
Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.
Imovax in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Keep track of any and all side effects you have after receiving this vaccine. When you receive another vaccine in the future, you will need to tell the doctor if the first shot caused any side effects. Getting rabies disease is much more dangerous to your health than receiving this vaccine. However, like any medicine, this vaccine can cause side effects. The risk of serious side effects is extremely low.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- fever, chills, weakness, body aches, flu symptoms;
- joint pain; or
Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:
- pain, swelling, itching, or redness where the shot was given;
- muscle pain; or
- nausea, stomach pain.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report vaccine side effects to the US Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-822-7967.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Imovax (Rabies Vaccine) »
What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Imovax FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Once initiated, rabies prophylaxis should not be interrupted or discontinued because of local or mild systemic adverse reactions to rabies vaccine. Usually such reactions can be successfully managed with anti-inflammatory and antipyretic agents (eg, aspirin).
Reactions after vaccination with HDCV are less common than with previously available vaccines.12, 16, 17 In a study using five doses of HDCV, local reactions, such as pain, erythema, and swelling or itching at the injection site were reported in about 25% of recipients of HDCV, and mild systemic reactions such as headache, nausea, abdominal pain, muscle aches and dizziness were reported in about 20% of recipients.8
Serious systemic anaphylactic or neuroparalytic reactions occurring during the administration of rabies vaccines pose a dilemma for the attending physician. A patient's risk of developing rabies must be carefully considered before deciding to discontinue vaccination. Moreover, the use of corticosteroids to treat life-threatening neuroparalytic reactions carries the risk of inhibiting the development of active immunity to rabies. It is especially important in these cases that the serum of the patient be tested for rabies antibodies. Advice and assistance on the management of serious adverse reactions in persons receiving rabies vaccines may be sought from the state health department.8
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Imovax (Rabies Vaccine) »
Additional Imovax Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
Find out what women really need.