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Anti-HER2 Monoclonal Antibody Herceptin® Cancer-related

Trastuzumab - What is it for

​Trastuzumab is a monoclonal antibody which targets a certain type of protein on the surface of cancer cells to control their growth.

Trastuzumab - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Trastuzumab cause?

During infusion

  • Allergic reactions uncommonly develop during the first infusion. Symptoms may include chills, rigors, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, flushing or itch.
    Alert your nurse if you experience any of the above during the infusion.

Other possible side effects (usually mild)

  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms e.g. headache, weakness and fever

Serious but uncommon side effects

  • Rarely, it affects the pumping action of your heart.
    Your doctor may arrange for a test to check your heart function every few months while you are on this treatment.

Please seek medical attention if any of the following occurs:

  • Persistent or worsening of flu-like symptoms
  • Persistent cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of hands or legs

Before taking Trastuzumab, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Trastuzumab?

Trastuzumab - Dosage and How to Use

How should Trastuzumab be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Trastuzumab - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Trastuzumab safely?

How should I store Trastuzumab?

How should I dispose of Trastuzumab safely?

Trastuzumab - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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