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trastuzumab Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Warnings & Dosing

What dosages is trastuzumab available in?

What dosages is trastuzumab available in?

trastuzumab is available as a 440 mg multidose vial.

What is trastuzumab used for?

What is trastuzumab used for?

trastuzumab is a monoclonal antibody that is used to treat:

  • HER2-positive, breast cancers – IV and SQ injections
  • HER2-positive, metastatic stomach cancer – IV injection only
How does trastuzumab work?

How does trastuzumab work?

trastuzumab is a monoclonal antibody that acts as a human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) inhibitor. It blocks a specific protein in the body that’s important for cell growth called HER2. HER2 is found on both normal and cancer cells. Cancer cells usually have more HER2 proteins than normal cells. This can cause cancer cells to grow more quickly than normal cells. When HER2 is blocked by trastuzumab, cancer cells can’t grow and spread as well.

How do I take trastuzumab?

How do I take trastuzumab?

trastuzumab is given by a healthcare provider as an injection into a vein (IV) or as an injection under the skin (subcutaneous, SQ). When given IV, the dose depends on your body weight. Your healthcare provider will determine the appropriate dose for you each time you receive the medication.

HER2-positive, breast cancers

  • IV injection: The typical dose is 4 mg/kg of bodyweight IV for the first injection, and then 2 mg/kg given once a week. It can also be given as 8 mg/kg for the first injection, and then 6 mg/kg every 3 weeks thereafter
  • SQ injection (trastuzumab Hylecta brand only): trastuzumab Hylecta for injection under the skin contains trastuzumab and hyaluronidase. The typical dose is 600 mg/10,000 units (trastuzumab/hyaluronidase) given under the skin every 3 weeks. The SQ injection is a flat dose and isn’t dependent on weight.
  • HER2-positive, metastatic stomach cancer: The typical dose is 8 mg/kg IV for the first injection, and then 6 mg/kg every 3 weeks thereafter
Is it safe for me to take trastuzumab?

Is it safe for me to take trastuzumab?

trastuzumab is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you.

trastuzumab Common Side Effects

trastuzumab Common Side Effects

Common side effects of trastuzumab:

  • Body and joint pain
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Infection
trastuzumab Serious Side Effects

trastuzumab Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with trastuzumab. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Heart problems: chest pain, racing heartbeat, shortness of breath that usually worsens with activity or while lying flat, swelling of your legs or feet, sudden weight gain, fatigue
  • Serious infusion reactions: trouble breathing, itching or hives, flushing, swelling, chest pain, fast heartbeat, dizziness, fainting
  • Lung problems: shortness of breath, trouble breathing
  • Serious infections (when receiving in combination with chemotherapy): repeated fevers, chills, sweating, cough, trouble breathing, severe diarrhea, vomiting, painful or frequent urination
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on trastuzumab

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on trastuzumab

  • There are no major drug interactions listed for trastuzumab. However, always let your physician and pharmacist know about any other medications or supplements (including prescribed and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and dietary or herbal supplements) that you are currently taking
Who makes trastuzumab?

Who makes trastuzumab?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is trastuzumab safe in pregnancy?

Is trastuzumab safe in pregnancy?

trastuzumab can cause embryo-fetal harm when administered during pregnancy. Females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment with trastuzumab and for 7 months following the last dose of trastuzumab.
There is a pregnancy pharmacovigilance program for trastuzumab. If trastuzumab is administered during pregnancy, or if a patient becomes pregnant while receiving trastuzumab or within 7 months following the last dose of trastuzumab, health care providers and patients should immediately report trastuzumab exposure to Genentech at 1-888-835-2555.

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