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I currently recieve Leucentis injections for wet macular degeneration. Medicare will not cover all of the cost as it is terribly expensive and I cannot afford to pay much out of pocket. I have recently learned that another drug ...
by Dorothy F. Bailey in Arkansas , United States of America, 11/14/2007
This is a 48 year old female affected of diabetes insulin dependant since age 15 who suffer also of multiple sclerosis started 6 years ago and treated with Avonex IM weekly. Actually she has an episode of vitreal hemorrhage and the presence of neoform...
by Sergio L. R. M.D. in Miami, florida U.S.A.., 02/01/2006
Avastin (Injection) Drug and Prescription Information
Avastin (Injection) Medication Classification
Avastin (Injection) Brandname
Avastin (Injection) is used for the Treatment
Bevacizumab (be-va-SIZ-yoo-mab) Treats cancer of the colon or rectum. This medicine is given in combination with other medicines to treat cancer.
When To Not Use Avastin (Injection)
You should not receive this medicine if you have had surgery within the past 28 days. Before receiving this medicine, tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to bevacizumab.
How Should You Use Avastin (Injection)
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- This medicine is usually given once every 2 weeks.
- You will receive this medicine while you are in a hospital or cancer treatment center. A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. If a dose is missed:
- This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor, home health caregiver, or treatment clinic for instructions. Drugs and Foods to Avoid: Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Warnings While Using This Medicine:
Proper Avastin (Injection) Storage
Store Avastin (Injection) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Avastin (Injection) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Avastin (Injection)Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Avastin (Injection) Warnings
- Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
- While you are using this medicine, use two forms of birth control to avoid getting pregnant. Keep using two forms for at least 1 month after your treatment ends.
- If you plan to have children, talk with your doctor before using this medicine. Some men and women using this medicine have become infertile (unable to have children).
- This medicine lowers the number of some types of blood cells in your body. Because of this, you may bleed or get infections more easily. To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Wash your hands often. Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured. Brush and floss your teeth gently. Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers.
- Your doctor will need to check your urine and blood pressure at regular visits while you are receiving this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments. You may be taught how to check your blood pressure at home.
Avastin (Injection) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Bleeding from your rectum, or black tarry stools.
- Bleeding or cracking of a wound or surgery scar.
- Constipation, stomach pain, vomiting.
- Chest pain, or coughing up blood.
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Numbness or weakness in your arm or leg, or on one side of your body.
- Pain in your lower leg (calf).
- Shortness of breath, cold sweat, and bluish-colored skin.
- Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
- Sudden or severe headache, problems with vision, speech, or walking.
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds. If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Diarrhea, loss of appetite.
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
- Sores or white patches on your lips, mouth, or throat.
- Tiredness or weakness.