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Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Considered as an anti-neoplastic, Cetuximab is used in the targeted treatment of cancer. The drug may be prescribed for the treatment of various types of cancers like metastatic colorectal cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer and squamous cell cancer affected the head and neck.

This medicine is mostly given with the help of intravenous infusion. The dosage of the drug is generally dependent on a number of factors like height, weight, overall medical health of the patient, age, his response to the drug and the severity of the cancer.

While in most cases, patients do not experience side effects of a drug, in some case they may have symptoms of some common side effects and in very rare cases a complication may arise. Some common side effects of Cetuximab are pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, weakness, headache, cough, development of infections, loss of weight as well as appetite and problems with breathing. If an allergic reaction does occur, you may experience some symptoms like hives, fever, skin rashes and itching etc. Contact you doctor if you face any complications after taking Cetuximab.

While you are on this drug, do not opt for any vaccines or immunizations doses unless approved by your doctor.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Oncologist before using this medicine.

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About Cetuximab
What are the uses of Cetuximab
What are the side effects of Cetuximab ?
Key highlights of Cetuximab
What are the dosage instructions?
Medicines containing Cetuximab
How does this medication work?
  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Erbitux 5mg infusion may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Erbitux 5mg infusion is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Cetuximab, please consult your doctor.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Cetuximab as ingredient

Cetuximab is a popular treatment for colorectal cancer and certain kinds of lung, head and neck cancer. It binds to the epidermal growth factor receptor on both the cancer and normal cells.

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