Herceptin (trastuzumab) - patient safety update
Herceptin, for Breast cancer (female), Stomach cancer and Gastric cancer from Roche Products Limited
- abdominal pain and distension
- urinary symptoms
- dysuria (painful or difficult urination)
- oliguria (small urine output)
- haematuria (blood in the urine)
- pain in the upper back, abdomen or side of the body
- hypocalcaemia - symptoms of anorexia, vomiting, cramps, seizures, spasms, altered mental status, and tetany
- hyperkalaemia -symptoms of weakness and paralysis
- early breast cancer (when the cancer has spread within the breast or to the glands under the arm but not to other parts of the body) after surgery, chemotherapy (medicines to treat cancer), and radiotherapy (treatment with radiation) if applicable. It can also be used earlier in treatment, in combination with chemotherapy. For tumours that are locally advanced (including those that are inflammatory) or more than 2 cm wide, Herceptin is used before surgery in combination with chemotherapy and then again after surgery on its own;
- metastatic breast cancer (cancer that has spread to other parts of the body). It is used on its own in patients in whom previous treatments have failed. It is also used in combination with other anticancer medicines: with paclitaxel or docetaxel, or with an aromatase inhibitor;
- metastatic gastric (stomach) cancer, in combination with cisplatin and either capecitabine or 5‑fluorouracil (other anticancer medicines).
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions (side effects) after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals or patients are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
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