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About your treatment
Your doctor has ordered the drug trastuzumab to help treat your illness. The drug is given by injection into a vein.This medication is used to treat metastatic breast cancer.
Trastuzumab is in a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. Antibodies are substances that the body produces to help fight infection or other foreign particles. Trastuzumab recognizes and attaches to certain cancer cells. The body's immune system can recognize and kill the cancer cells to which trastuzumab is attached. The length of treatment depends on the types of drugs you are taking, how well your body responds to them, and the type of cancer you have.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for information.
Before administering trastuzumab,
Side effects from trastuzumab are common and usually occur while the drug is being infused. Your doctor may stop your treatment or may give you medications to treat these symptoms. They include:
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or last for several hours:
If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:
In most cases, your health care provider will bring a dose of trastuzumab to your home right before the dose is scheduled. If your pharmacy gives you doses to store, you should keep the container in the refrigerator. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of containers that are outdated or no longer needed.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT