Herceptin® (trastuzumab), 150mg and 440mg vials, is a Prescription Medicine used to treat patients with early breast cancer and metastatic (spreading) breast cancer who have tumours with a large amount of the HER2 protein. Tell your doctor: if you have a history of coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, arrhythmia (an abnormal or rapid heartbeat), angina (feeling pain, tightness, heaviness or pressure in the chest), or any other type of heart disease; if you are currently taking any other medicines, including medicines for cancer, or if you have previously received chemotherapy treatment with medicines known as anthracyclines; if you have breathing or lung problems; if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or plan to become pregnant or breast-feed. Herceptin should not be used if you have early breast cancer and you have had an LVEF test (measures how well your heart can pump blood) of less than 45% or you have symptoms of heart failure; or had an allergic reaction to Herceptin, any of its ingredients, benzyl alcohol, or to any medicines that are made using Chinese hamster ovary cells. Possible serious unwanted effects: swelling of your lips, face, tongue or throat with difficulty breathing; swelling of other parts of your body such as your hands or feet; shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or wheezing; abnormal or rapid heartbeat; hives, skin rashes or itching skin; feeling sick, vomiting or diarrhoea; pain or discomfort (including stomach, back, chest or neck pain); fever or chills; headache and/or dizziness; weakness or fatigue; or cough. If you experience any of the side-effects listed above, tell your doctor or nurse immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital. Other possible side effects include: getting tired more easily after light physical activity; runny or blocked nose or nosebleeds; difficulty sleeping, anxiety or depression; weakness or soreness in muscles and/or joints; increased cough; feeling dizzy, tired, looking pale; flu and/or cold symptoms; frequent infections with fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers; hot flushes; changes in weight; redness, dryness or peeling of the hands or feet; unusual hair loss or thinning; nail problems; eye problems such as producing more tears, swollen runny eyes or conjunctivitis (eye infection). Ask your Oncologist if Herceptin is right for you. Use strictly as directed. If symptoms continue or if you experience side effects or would like more information, please talk to your Oncologist or visit www.medsafe.govt.nz for the full Herceptin Consumer Medicine Information.
Herceptin is a funded medicine for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer who meet pre-defined criteria.
A prescription charge and normal Doctor's fees may apply.
Consumer panel dated 9 July 2013 based on CMI dated 26 June 2013.
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