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Recombivax HB Adult 

Generic name: hepatitis B adult vaccine [HEP-a-TYE-tis-B-a-DULT-VAX-een]

Brand names: Engerix-B (HepB), Heplisav-B, PreHevbrio, Recombivax HB Adult, Recombivax HB Dialysis Formulation
Drug class: viral vaccines

What is Recombivax HB Adult ?

Hepatitis B causes liver inflammation, nausea, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes). It is transmitted through sexual contact, sharing IV drug needles, or by the mother being infected during childbirth. Hepatitis can cause inflammation of the liver and jaundice. Hepatitis may lead to cancer of the liver or cirrhosis.Hepatitis B is a disease that can be prevented by adults using the hepatitis B vaccination.The vaccine will help you develop immunity, but it won't treat an infection that you currently have.All adults at risk of hepatitis B should be vaccinated with the hepatitis B vaccination. The hepatitis B vaccination may not protect everyone from the disease.

Side effects of Recombivax HB Adult

Seek immediate medical care if you have any of these symptoms: difficulty breathing, swelling in your face, lips, throat, or tongue.Keep track of any side effects. You will need to inform the vaccine provider of any side effects if you require a booster shot.

Recombivax Adults can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Feeling lightheaded, like you might pass out.
  • Seizure-like muscle movements;
  • Fever, swollen glands

Recombivax adult side effects may include:

  • Headache;
  • Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness;
  • Tiredness;
  • Redness, pain, or swelling where the injection was administered.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. Report the side effects of vaccines to the US Department of Health and Human Services by calling (800) 822-7967.

Similar/related drugs

Hepatitis B adult vaccine: Twinrix, Heplisav-B, and Engerix-B


Infecting yourself with Hepatitis-B is far more harmful to your health than getting this vaccine.If you experienced a severe allergic reaction to the first dose, then it is best not to receive another shot.Inform your doctor of any other medications you are taking or if you have allergies or other medical conditions.

Before you take this drug

Hepatitis B vaccination does not protect you against other liver viruses such as hepatitis C and E or hepatitis C. You may not be protected against hepatitis B even if the virus is present in your body, but you have not shown symptoms.This vaccine should not be given if you've ever experienced a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine that contains hepatitis B.

If you or someone in your family has ever:

  • If you have had sexual contact with or lived with someone infected by the hepatitis B virus, then this is a risk factor.
  • AIDS or diabetes.
  • Injection of used drugs into a vein
  • Lived or worked at a facility that serves people with developmental disabilities;
  • Working in the healthcare industry or public safety, or being exposed to blood or bodily fluids.
  • Hepatitis B was common in areas visited by the traveler.
  • Lived or worked in a prison;
  • Being a victim of sexual assault.
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Kidney disease (or dialysis)

If you are:

  • An allergy is to yeast.
  • An allergy to latex
  • Weak immune system (caused either by illness or certain medicines).

If you are suffering from a minor cold, it is possible to receive a vaccination. Wait until you are better if you have a severe illness, such as a fever or infection.Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.You may find your name on a registry for pregnant women to track the effects this vaccine has on the child.

How to take Recombivax HB Adult ?

This vaccine is administered as an injection into a muscle. This injection will be given by a healthcare provider.Hepatitis B is vaccinated in a series of between 2 and 4 shots. The next shots are usually given 1 month after the initial shot and 6 months later.You may have a different vaccination schedule than these guidelines. You can follow the recommendations of your doctor or your local health department.You may not be protected from disease if you do not receive the full recommended dose of this vaccine.The results of certain tests can be affected by this vaccine. You should tell any doctor that you have recently had the hepatitis B vaccination.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you miss a vaccination or fall behind schedule, contact your vaccine provider. The next dose should be administered as soon as you can. There is no need to start again.

What happens if I overdose?

It is very unlikely that this vaccine will cause an overdose.

What should be avoided?

If your vaccine provider has given you any instructions regarding restrictions in food, beverage, or activity, follow them.

Interaction with other drug

Tell your provider of vaccinations about any other vaccines that you may have received recently before receiving this vaccine.This vaccine may be affected by other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Inform your doctor of all the other medications you take.