Herceptin Problems

Most people using Herceptin® (trastuzumab) for breast cancer treatment or stomach cancer treatment are able to tolerate the medicine without any problems. However, as with all medications, there are possible reactions that Herceptin can cause.
For example, some of the commonly reported side effects of Herceptin include:
In rare cases, the drug can also cause problems that are more serious. These potentially dangerous side effects of Herceptin include:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained swelling, which may be a sign of congestive heart failure
  • Allergic reactions, which may cause symptoms such as hives, itching, and an unexplained rash.
(To learn more about reactions that may occur during treatment, click Herceptin Side Effects. This article offers statistics on how frequently certain problems occur and explains which ones require immediate medical care.)
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