beginning to take
should be aware of the major risks associated with this drug. Serious, life-threatening, or fatal incidents of
gastrointestinal perforation, hemorrhage, and surgery and wound healing complications have occurred in patients
incidence of gastrointestinal perforation ranges from 0.3% to 2.4%; if gastrointestinal perforation does occur, you
should discontinue your use of
away. The potential for severe, even fatal hemorrhage increases five times in patients being treated with
any bleeding should be immediately reported to your doctor. If you have elective surgery while using this
medication, you may experience marked difficulty recovering from the surgery wounds. Wounds not related to surgery
may also experience delayed healing. Because there are other risks associated with this medication, you should be
sure to talk to your doctor about any additional warnings and precautions you need to be aware
is the generic name of the name brand drug Avastin.
comes in two different dose sizes, 100 mg and 400 mg. It is a clear or
slightly brown liquid drug that is administered intravenously. This
medication is used to treat a variety of cancer types. It works by
halting blood flow to the tumor and thereby slowing killing it.
is most frequently used in the treatment of rectal, colan, or kidney cancer. It is also used in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer and may be part of
the treatment for certain types of brain cancer, too.
When you begin your
treatment, each dose will be administered by a health care professional such as a doctor or
is a liquid medication administered intravenously (through a vein), you will need to be seen by a health care
professional for each dose. You should not give yourself a dose
The amount of this medication that your doctor prescribes for you will be determined first by your body size and
later by how you respond to the treatments. You can expect your first
treatment session to last around 90 minutes, though later treatment sessions may not last as long.
you have certain medical conditions, you should not use
conditions include, but are not limited to the following: fistula, recent major surgery, kidney disease, high blood
pressure, recent bloody vomit or coughing up blood, stomach or intestinal ulcers, heart disease, or blood
clots. Again, this is not a complete list of contraindications; talk
to your doctor for more information.
this time, the FDA has not released any information regarding known drugs, supplements, or herbal products that
are known to interact with
some prescription, non-prescription (over the counter), nutritional supplements, and herbal products may interfere
with the function of
should tell your doctor if you are using any of medications or products.
Bevacizumab can bring good results in some cancer patients; however, it tends to cause adverse effects, which can
be serious. The most common Bevacizumab side effects include:
itching, or scaling of the skin
- Sores on
the skin or in the mouth.
Bevacizumab can cause
serious side effects which require immediate medical attention; contact your doctor immediately if you
experience any of these symptoms:
- loss of
- black or
- slow or
or numbness of an arm or leg
faintness or confusion
gagging, or choking
headache (which can be a sign of overdose)
- Pain or
swelling of the face, eyes, stomach, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs.
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