Herceptin (Injection)

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herceptin injection

Diagnosed with breast cancer 11/06 Mastectomy of right breast 12/06. Ongologist recommended approx 6 mo of chemo, followed by Herceptin and followed by radiation therapy. As I do not believe in deliberately putting poison in my body, I rejected the ch...
by Nadine Edgar in Sparks, Nv, 03/12/2007

Frequency and Duration of Herceptin Treatment

Once remission has been reached for a patient with metastatic breast cancer, does the frequency and duration of herceptin treatments change? For example, I began receiving Herceptin once a week about a year ago. I have now been in remission for about ...
by Nancy Holtzman in NH, 01/05/2006

Herceptin (Injection) Drug and Prescription Information

Herceptin (Injection)

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Herceptin (Injection) is used for the Treatment

Trastuzumab (tras-too-zoo-mab) Treats breast cancer.

When To Not Use Herceptin (Injection)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to trastuzumab.

How Should You Use Herceptin (Injection)


  • This medicine, like all medicines used to treat cancer, is very strong. Make sure you understand why you are getting it and what the risks and benefits of treatment are. It is important for you to work closely with your doctor.
  • You will re

Proper Herceptin (Injection) Storage

Store Herceptin (Injection) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Herceptin (Injection) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Herceptin (Injection)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows what chemotherapy medicines you have already received.
  • Before receiving this medicine, tell your doctor if you have ever had a reaction to benzyl alcohol or murine proteins. Murine proteins are used in some medicines for hemophilia, organ or bone marrow transplants, serious blood infections, or to find or treat certain cancers.

Herceptin (Injection) Warnings

  • If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Do not breastfeed during treatment with trastuzumab, or for 6 months after your last treatment.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have ever had heart disease.
  • Tell your doctor if you have had radiation therapy to the chest.
  • Your doctor may test your heart before you start receiving trastuzumab and while you are getting treatments with this medicine.

Herceptin (Injection) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Feeling short of breath, or trouble breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Increased cough
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe diarrhea
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Headache
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Skin rash
  • Sore throat
  • Stomach pain, back pain, or other pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weakness

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