Generic Name: trastuzumab, Parenteral Solution

Herceptin

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  • Herceptin
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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

Parenteral Solution

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

Parenteral Solution
  • cyclophosphamide
  • doxorubicin
  • warfarin
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How to Use trastuzumab

Parenteral Solution

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.

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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