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Advise patients to contact a health care professional immediately for any of the following: new onset or worsening shortness of breath, cough, swelling of the ankles/legs, swelling of the face, palpitations, weight gain of more than 5 pounds in 24 hours, dizziness or loss of consciousness [see Boxed Warning Cardiomyopathy].
Advise women of childbearing potential to use effective contraceptive methods during treatment and for a minimum of six months following Herceptin [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Advise nursing mothers treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) to discontinue nursing or discontinue Herceptin (trastuzumab) , taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother [see Use In Specific Populations].
Encourage women who are exposed to Herceptin (trastuzumab) during pregnancy to enroll in MotHER- the Herceptin (trastuzumab) Pregnancy Registry (1-800-690-6720) [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and Use In Specific Populations].
Last reviewed on RxList: 11/23/2010
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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