Talking with your doctor may help you feel more prepared
Starting treatment is your first active step toward fighting your cancer. You and your loved ones may have a lot of questions about what lies ahead. Here is some information to help you learn about treatment with ERBITUX, some of the possible side effects, and care tips you can discuss with your doctor. Remember, your healthcare team is there for you, so speak openly and ask questions about anything you don’t understand.
Download a discussion guide to share with your doctor and healthcare team. They can help you learn more about how your treatment will be given and answer any questions about possible side effects and how to care for them.Questions to ask your doctor
How will I be given ERBITUX?
- ERBITUX is given by slow injection, also called an infusion, into a vein
- ERBITUX is usually given once a week. Your doctor will decide how many weeks of treatment you will receive
- The first dose of ERBITUX takes approximately 2 hours to give. Later doses take about 1 hour
- Before you begin treatment with ERBITUX, you may receive medication to help prevent an allergic reaction
- If you experience a side effect, your ERBITUX treatment may need to be changed, delayed, or stopped completely
What are some of the side effects possible with ERBITUX?
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Severe allergic reactions are a serious side effect with ERBITUX. Allergic reactions are rare but may cause death. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you have trouble breathing, are wheezing or hoarse, or have fever, chills, or a tight feeling in your airways. Symptoms can also include low blood pressure, shock, loss of consciousness, and/or heart attack. Severe allergic reactions can happen at any time during treatment, but they happen most often at the first dose. The risk of anaphylactic reactions may be increased in people with a history of tick bites, a red meat allergy, or certain specific antibodies.
Heart attack is a serious side effect with ERBITUX. Heart attack or sudden death has happened in some people who received ERBITUX with radiation therapy or cetuximab with platinum-based chemotherapy and fluorouracil. Heart attack can also occur as a consequence of infusion-related reactions. Tell your doctor if you have a history of heart disease.
Skin problems are one of the most serious side effects of ERBITUX. Skin problems include an acne-like rash, skin drying and cracking, infections, and abnormal hair growth. The skin around your fingernails and toenails may swell. Blistering of the skin or mucous membranes (such as the mouth) or peeling of the skin may be symptoms of serious reactions that could lead to death. Contact your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms.
Possible side effects and tips to help care for them
What should I do if I experience side effects?
Contact your doctor or treatment team. They are the best source for advice when it comes to taking care of any side effects you may have with ERBITUX.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.Learn about a complimentary self-care kit