Trastuzumab may cause serious heart problems, including heart failure. The risk of heart problems is increased if you also use an anthracycline (such as doxorubicin). Your doctor may stop treatment with this medication if heart problems occur.
Reactions may happen with your injection, usually during or within 24 hours of the dose. Careful monitoring may decrease your risk. Tell your health care professional right away if you have symptoms such as fever, chills, flushing, headache, nausea/vomiting, trouble breathing, dizziness, weakness, or feeling faint. Your doctor may slow down or temporarily stop your injection.
Trastuzumab is used to treat certain types of breast, stomach, or esophagus cancer. This medication is used to treat tumors that produce more than the normal amount of a certain substance called HER2 protein. Trastuzumab belongs to a class of medications known as monoclonal antibodies. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.This monograph is about the following trastuzumab products: trastuzumab, trastuzumab-anns, trastuzumab-dkst, trastuzumab-dttb, trastuzumab-pkrb, trastuzumab-qyyp.
How to use Herceptin Vial
The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, weight, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark the days on the calendar when you need to receive the medication.
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