Warning: Because of the required amount of precision
needed when administering the shot when using Erbitux, it is always required that the shot be done only by a
licensed health care professional. Heart problems (occasionally fatal) have been reported when combining this
medication with radiation therapy. Tell your health care professional if you have heart disease prior to the
administering of treatments with this medication. Seek medical care right away if you feel unexplained chest
pain or tightness, or unexplainable pain in your jaw or arm. Allergies to this medication are quite rare, but
if they do develop, they can be fairly serious. If you notice an abnormal amount of redness or swelling
around the area of your injection, it’s recommended that you seek medical care as soon as you possibly
Erbitux is a liquefied medication used to treat colorectal, and on occasion, kidney cancer. It is administered by a
shot that needs to be injected, via a medical syringe, directly into the blood stream. The medication works by
binding itself to a particular protein (the epidermal growth factor receptor, or the EGFR) on cancer cells, thus
slowing the growth of the cells. It’s imperative that the shot be injected directly into a vein; if done
improperly, the shot can do major damage. For example, if the shot is injected into the wrong area of the body, and
the medicine is injected beneath a muscle, it can cause serious muscle damage.
is sometimes used to treat other medical conditions that are mentioned in this article; talk to your physician
or pharmacist for more information on Erbitux.
Dosage: Like discussed above, the injecting of this medication
must be done in a very precise manner. Thus, Erbitux injections are to be administered by a health care
professional once a week. The amount of time the medicine must administered as a treatment depends on how well
your health care professional feels your body is reacting to it, as well as the specifics of your medical
The injection usually
lasts for about two hours. However, the health care provider can alter the dosage, and recommend you to take the
medication on a regular basis. Erbitux can be taken in combination with irinotecan, radiation or alone. In any case, you should not deflect the instructions recommended by your
doctor. During the treatment and even after, it is important to drink plenty of water and other fluids to avoid
damage to your kidneys, stomach and even your liver.
Overdose: the fact that Erbitux is given in
hospital by health professionals, the risk of overdose is virtually nonexistent; The maximum single dose of
Erbitux administered to a patient is 1000mg, and no adverse effects is reported. However, In case you are
experience symptoms of overdose – severe headache, heart failure or other signs - contact your doctor
Erbitux is administered in hospital; therefore, it is very important to be present at each appointment to take the
medication as prescribed. If for some reasons you cannot be present, contact your oncologist before the date of the
appointment. As all chemotherapy drugs, misusing Erbitux can be fatal.
It is imperative that you speak with your health care professional about all possible scenarios before beginning
usage of the medication. Going over all possible options, and asking important questions, will help you ensure that
you’ll be getting the best type of treatments possible for your situation.
not recommended or should be used with precaution in the following conditions:
to Erbitux or any of its ingredients
alteration of general condition.
Mechanism of action (MOA): for your body to function properly, yourcells receive hormonal signals that
cause them to multiply and then die (natural death of cells). Among the agents in your body that involve in
these processes include the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). EGFR is a particular type of protein that
exists on the cell surface, which transmits growth signals to the inside of the cell. ; EGFR is found on the
surface of both cancerous and non cancerous cells.
Make sure to let your health care professional now of all the medications you’re already taking on prior to the
administration of this medication. Do not change any of the dosage amounts on any of the other medications
you’re on without the explicit recommendation of your health care professional.
doctor if you are taking vitamin supplements or st john worth.
Consult with your doctor before taking
- Ganciclovir - an antiviral drug
- Azathioprine - an immune system inhibitor
- Barbiturates - depressant drug that causes relaxation and
- Cimetidine - a drug used to inhibit the production of acid in the
- Colchicines - a medication used to treat pain of gouty arthritis
- Live vaccines: BCG vaccine, yellow fever vaccine, etc.
(Cytoxan), a medication of the
alkylating agent family used to treat a variety of cancers
(Cytoxan, Cytoxan, Neosar, Procytox,
Revimmune), a drug used to treat several types of cancers
- Celecoxib, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used in the treatment of
osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, painful menstruation, colon and rectum polyps, etc.
Erbitux can cause adverse effects in some patients. Most common Erbitux side effects
light Sensitivity (Photophobia)
nausea and vomiting
If the side
effects above persist for weeks, contact your oncologist. In addition, contact your doctor immediately if you
experience any of these symptoms:
clots in the lungs
- heart attack or fast heart beat
up blood or dry cough
of the hands that you cannot control
tightening of the hands or feet
blood pressure (hypotension)
- severe depression symptoms
throat or difficulty swallowing
- pain or
burning sensation in eye(s)
(which can be indicated by sore throat, fever, chills).
1 - pharmacyescrow.com
3 - nlm.nih.gov