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Bevacizumab

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Monoclonal Antibody Avastin® Cancer-related

Bevacizumab - What is it for

Bevacizumab is an intravenous targeted medication used alone or in combination with other agents for the treatment of certain types of cancer.

Bevacizumab - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Bevacizumab cause?

During Infusion

  • Allergic reactions uncommonly develop during the first infusion. Symptoms may include chills, rigors, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, flushing or itch.
    Alert your nurse if you experience any of the above during the infusion.

Early side effects

  • Diarrhea or constipation may occur.

Delayed side effects

  • Increased blood pressure that may cause headache or vision problems.
  • Protein loss in urine.
  • If you are receiving this together with chemotherapy, the chances of having low blood counts may increase slightly.

Please seek medical attention if any of the following occurs:

  • Unusual bleeding problems such as nosebleed, coughing blood, blood in vomit or stools.
  • Signs of blood clot e.g. painful leg swelling, sudden breathlessness, chest pain or stroke symptoms.
  • Wounds that do not heal or are slow to heal.
  • Sudden severe abdominal pain accompanied with fever, constipation, nausea or vomiting.

Before taking Bevacizumab, what precautions must I follow?

  • Notify your doctor at least 4 weeks before going for any surgical procedures e.g. biopsy, tooth extraction etc. as treatment may need to be temporarily withheld.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Bevacizumab?

Bevacizumab - Dosage and How to Use

How should Bevacizumab be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Bevacizumab - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Bevacizumab safely?

How should I store Bevacizumab?

How should I dispose of Bevacizumab safely?

Bevacizumab - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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