Herceptin Safety

Herceptin® (trastuzumab) is a medication licensed for the treatment of breast cancer or stomach cancer in adults. Although it is generally a safe medication, Herceptin does pose certain risks.
 
Herceptin belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies and works by preventing the cancer cells from growing and multiplying. It's important to note that certain problems can develop in people receiving this medication. For example, Herceptin can increase your risk for certain complications, such as congestive heart failure, an irregular heart rhythm, or lung problems.
 
Other safety issues that may be a concern in people taking Herceptin include side effects, such as nausea, headaches, and weakness. Also, you may not be able to use Herceptin if you have certain allergies or are taking certain medications.
 
(Click Herceptin Side Effects and Herceptin Warnings and Precautions for more safety information. These articles offer detailed drug warnings on things like allergic reactions and serious side effects.)
 
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