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Ziv-Aflibercept Solution for injection
It works by slowing or stopping cancer cell growth
Generic Name: Zaltrap
What is this medicine?ZIV-AFLIBERCEPT is a chemotherapy drug. It works by slowing or stopping cancer cell growth. It is used with other medicines to treat certain types of colon cancer.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-high blood pressure
-history of stomach bleeding
-history of stroke
-infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
-low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
-an unusual or allergic reaction to ziv-aflibercept, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
What if I miss a dose?It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
What may interact with this medicine?Interactions are not expected.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for at least 3 months after stopping it. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Men should not father a child while taking this medicine and for 3 months after stopping it. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
Check with your doctor or health care professional if you get an attack of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or if you sweat a lot. The loss of too much body fluid can make it dangerous for you to take this medicine.
You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
In some patients, this medicine may cause a serious brain infection that may cause death. If you have any problems seeing, thinking, speaking, walking, or standing, tell your doctor right away. If you cannot reach your doctor, urgently seek other source of medical care.
Avoid taking products that contain aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen unless instructed by your doctor. These medicines may hide a fever.
Be careful brushing and flossing your teeth or using a toothpick because you may get an infection or bleed more easily. If you have any dental work done, tell your dentist you are receiving this medicine.
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. This drug decreases your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.
This drug may make you feel generally unwell. This is not uncommon, as chemotherapy can affect healthy cells as well as cancer cells. Report any side effects. Continue your course of treatment even though you feel ill unless your doctor tells you to stop.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-bloody or black, tarry stools
-changes in vision
-confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
-fever or chills, sore throat
-red or dark-brown urine
-shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling in a leg
-spitting up blood or brown material that looks like coffee grounds
-sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
-trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
-unusual bruising or bleeding from the eye, gums, or nose
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
-loss of appetite
-mouth or throat sores or ulcers
-unusually weak or tired
Where should I keep my medicine?This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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