Warnings:

Rarely, heart problems (cardiopulmonary arrest) or sudden death have occurred in people treated with necitumumab. Before starting treatment with this medication, tell your doctor if you have a history of heart disease (such as heart failure, irregular heartbeat, previous heart attack). Get medical help right away if you develop chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, or unusual sweating. Your doctor will order certain blood tests (such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium) during and after your treatment to monitor and help decrease your risk for heart problems.

Uses

This medication is used to treat lung cancer. Necitumumab belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. It works by changing the action of your own immune system, directing it to attack cancer cells. This effect helps slow or stop the growth of cancer cells.

How to use Portrazza Vial

This medication is given by a health care professional. It is injected slowly into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually over at least 60 minutes. This medication can sometimes cause a serious reaction during the injection. Tell your doctor right away if you develop symptoms such as chills, fever, or breathing problems.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To get the most benefit, do not miss any doses. To help you remember, mark the days on the calendar when you need to receive the medication.

Your doctor may prescribe other medications (such as acetaminophen, diphenhydramine) before each dose to help prevent serious side effects. Carefully follow your doctor's directions.

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