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Generic Name: rabies vaccine (purified chick embryo cell) (RAY beez vax EEN (PYUR if eyed CHIK EM bree o sel))
Brand Name: RabAvert
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Drug Information:
Rabies is a serious disease caused by a virus. Rabies occurs mainly in animals, but a human can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal. There may be no symptoms at first, but weeks or even months later rabies can cause pain, headaches, tiredness, irritability, fever, hallucinations, seizures, and paralysis. Rabies can be fatal. You are more likely to be exposed to the rabies virus if you are a veterinarian, animal handler, rabies laboratory worker, or may otherwise come into contact with animals that may carry the virus (including cats, dogs, foxes, skunks, raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, and bats). Traveling to certain countries may also increase your risk of exposure to rabies. Learn more

Rabavert Side Effects

RabAvert Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about rabies vaccine, purified chick embryo cell. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name RabAvert.

For the Consumer

Applies to rabies vaccine, purified chick embryo cell: intramuscular injectable, intramuscular suspension reconstituted

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of meningitis like headache with fever, stiff neck, upset stomach, confusion, or if lights bother the eyes.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Not able to move face muscles as much.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Not able to move.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Swollen gland.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Trouble controlling body movements.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Irritation where the shot is given.
  • Flu-like signs. These include headache, weakness, fever, shakes, aches, pains, and sweating.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Muscle or joint pain.
  • Dizziness.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to rabies vaccine, purified chick embryo cell: intramuscular powder for injection


Rare (less than 0.1%): Allergic reactions

Postmarketing reports: Anaphylaxis, type II hypersensitivity-like reactions

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (52%), dizziness (15%)

Frequency not reported: Transient paresthesias

Postmarketing reports: Neuroparalysis, encephalitis, meningitis, transient paralysis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, myelitis, retrobulbar neuritis, multiple sclerosis, presyncope, syncope, vertigo, visual disturbance


Very common (10% or more): Pain at the injection site (84%)

Postmarketing reports: Extensive limb swelling


Rare (less than 0.1%): Sweating

Frequency not reported: Urticaria pigmentosa

Postmarketing reports: Urticaria, pruritus, angioedema


Very common (10% or more): Myalgia (53%)

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pain in limbs

Rare (less than 0.1%): Chills, monoarthritis


Very common (10% or more): Malaise (15%)

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Temperature above 38C (100F)

Rare (less than 0.1%): Fatigue, circulatory reactions

Postmarketing reports: Edema


Very common (10% or more): Lymphadenopathy (15%)

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Swollen lymph nodes


Postmarketing reports: Bronchospasm


Postmarketing reports: Palpitations, hot flash


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Gastrointestinal complaints

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

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