Generic Name: trastuzumab, Injectable Solution

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trastuzumab, Injectable Solution

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Highlights for trastuzumab

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TRASTUZUMAB (tras TOO zoo mab) is a monoclonal antibody. It targets a protein called HER2. This protein is found in some stomach and breast cancers. This medicine can stop cancer cell growth. This medicine may be used with other cancer treatments.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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trastuzumab Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or other health care professional as soon as possible:

  • breathing difficulties
  • chest pain or palpitations
  • cough
  • dizziness or fainting
  • fever or chills, sore throat
  • skin rash, itching or hives
  • swelling of the legs or ankles
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or other health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • loss of appetite
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
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trastuzumab May Interact with Other Medications

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  • doxorubicin
  • warfarin
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use trastuzumab

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This drug is given as an infusion into a vein. It is administered in a hospital or clinic by a specially trained health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • heart disease
  • heart failure
  • infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
  • lung or breathing disease, like asthma
  • recent or ongoing radiation therapy
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to trastuzumab, benzyl alcohol, or other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss a dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for checks on your progress. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your doctor tells you to stop.

Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.

You may experience fever, chills and shaking during your first infusion. These effects are usually mild and can be treated with other medicines. Report any side effects during the infusion to your health care professional. Fever and chills usually do not happen with later infusions.

Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 7 months after stopping it. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Women of child-bearing potential will need to have a negative pregnancy test before starting this medicine. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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How Much Does trastuzumab Cost?

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