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PANITUMUMAB - INJECTION
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Vectibix
WARNING: Panitumumab has caused very serious skin reactions, which can sometimes lead to serious infections. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any signs of a skin reaction, including acne, mild rash/itching, warmth/redness/swelling of the skin (including around the nails), dry/flaking skin, or skin sores (especially with pus). Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any signs of a serious infection (e.g., sepsis), including fever, fast heartbeat, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion), or change in the amount of urine.
Rarely, panitumumab has caused very serious infusion reactions, including an allergic reaction. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop fever, chills, or symptoms of an allergic reaction (see Side Effects section).
USES: This medication is used alone to treat a certain type of cancer of the colon/rectum (cancer that expresses epidermal growth factor receptor-EGFR) that has spread to other parts of the body. It is used in patients who have not responded to other cancer chemotherapy treatment (e.g., fluorouracil, irinotecan, oxaliplatin). It works by slowing or stopping the growth of cancer cells.
Panitumumab should not be used with cancer chemotherapy drugs because of the increased risk for very serious (possibly fatal) side effects.
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. It is usually given every 14 days or as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your weight and response to treatment.
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