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Herceptin Intravenous Powder For Injection

Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a member of the HER2 inhibitors drug class and is commonly used for Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer - Adjuvant, Breast Cancer - Metastatic, and others.

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What is Herceptin?


Herceptin (trastuzumab) is a cancer medicine that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body.

Herceptin is used to treat certain types of breast cancer or stomach cancer.

Other cancer medicines are sometimes used in combination with Herceptin.

Important Information
Do not use Herceptin if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Avoid becoming pregnant for at least 7 months after your last dose of trastuzumab. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

Herceptin can cause heart failure, especially if you have heart disease or if you are also receiving certain other cancer medicines.

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregivers if you feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, weak, short of breath, or if you have a headache, fever, or chills.

Before taking this medicine
You should not be treated with Herceptin if you are allergic to trastuzumab.

To make sure Herceptin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

heart disease;

congestive heart failure;

a heart attack; or

any allergies or breathing problems.

Trastuzumab can cause heart failure, especially if you have heart disease or if you are also receiving certain other cancer medicines (such as daunorubicin, doxorubicin, epirubicin, or idarubicin)

You may need to have a negative pregnancy test before starting this treatment. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

Do not use Herceptin if you are pregnant. This medicine can cause injury or death to the unborn baby. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine and for at least 7 months after your last dose.

If you become pregnant while using this medicine or within 7 months after you stop, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry to track the effects of trastuzumab on the baby.

It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine and for up to 7 months after your last dose. Ask your doctor about any risk.

Herceptin side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Herceptin: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Some side effects may occur during the injection. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, nauseated, light-headed, weak, short of breath, or if you have a headache, fever, or chills.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

new or worsening cough, fever, wheezing, or trouble breathing;

pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;

chest pain spreading to your jaw;

swelling in your lower legs, rapid weight gain;

blisters or ulcers in your mouth, red or swollen gums, trouble swallowing;

low blood cell counts - fever, chills, tiredness, skin sores, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, pale skin, cold hands and feet, feeling light-headed; or

signs of tumor cell breakdown - confusion, weakness, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, fast or slow heart rate, decreased urination, tingling in your hands and feet or around your mouth.

Common Herceptin side effects may include:

nausea, diarrhea, weight loss;

headache;

trouble sleeping, feeling tired;

rash;

mouth sores;

fever, chills, cough, or other signs of infection;

altered sense of taste; or

cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

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