(be vuh SIZ uh mab)
Other Names for this Medication (Brand Name)
Injection: Colourless solution for injection into the blood stream.
Why this Medication is Used
Bevacizumab is used for the treatment of metastatic colorectal, breast, lung or brain cancers. It is also being studied for the treatment of other cancers.
How do you take this Medication
Your chemotherapy nurse will infuse the drug into your bloodstream.
- It is important to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines.
- Tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, such as: high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, or liver disease.
- Some patients may experience a reaction during the infusion. Symptoms may include fever and chills, tiredness, headache or high blood pressure; less common symptoms may include nausea, itchiness, trouble breathing, teary eyes, or swelling of the throat. Your nurse will watch you closely, especially at the beginning, and the bevacizumab will be given slowly. Tell your nurse about any unusual feelings or symptoms as soon as they occur.
- This chemotherapy should not be used if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is important to discuss birth control with your doctor (Note: birth control pills alone are not recommended as the only birth control method). Birth control should also be used by female partners, if you are a male taking this medication
- It is important to tell your doctor if you have chickenpox (or have recently been exposed to someone who has had chickenpox), shingles, kidney disease or liver disease. Any of these conditions could affect therapy with this medication.
- Due to increased risk of infection check with your doctor before having any vaccinations. Check with your doctor, before any surgery or dental work.
- Do not take ASA without your doctor’s knowledge and consent.
- If a doctor has advised you to take ASA to prevent heart disease or stroke, please discuss this with your oncologist (cancer doctor) before starting treatment.
- Do not use ASA (Aspirin®, acetylsalicylic acid) for headache, fever, or occasional aches and pains; use acetaminophen (Tylenol®) instead. Many non-prescription medications contain ASA; always ask your pharmacist’s advice when choosing a product.
For more information on this medication, please call your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
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