Most people do not have any problems when receiving Herceptin® (trastuzumab). However, this medication is not suitable for everyone. For example, some of the dangers of Herceptin include potentially serious side effects. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as:
- A rash
- Difficulty breathing
- Unexplained swelling.
In most cases, side effects of Herceptin tend to be minor and are generally easy to treat. Some of the most common side effects of the medication include but are not limited to:
Other potential Herceptin dangers include possible drug interactions and allergic reactions. Also, you may not be able to use this medication if you have certain medical conditions, such as certain heart or lung problems.
(For more information on potential dangers of this drug, click Herceptin Side Effects and Herceptin Warnings and Precautions. These articles also discuss what to tell your healthcare provider before receiving this breast cancer medication.)