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Herclon Injection

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Storage
Store in a refrigerator (2 - 8°C). Do not freeze.

Introduction

Herclon Injection is used in the treatment of breast and stomach cancer. It works by killing the cancer cells by inhibiting HER2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor protein).

Herclon Injection is given as an injection by a qualified medical professional. Your doctor will decide what dose is necessary and how often you need to take it. This will depend on what you are being treated for and may change from time to time. You should take it exactly as your doctor has advised. Taking it in the wrong way or taking too much can cause very serious side effects. It may take several weeks or months for you to see or feel the benefits but do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to.

The most common side effects of this medicine include nausea, headache, rash, insomnia, and infection. This medicine may reduce the number of blood cells (decrease red blood and white blood cells) in your blood, thereby, increasing the susceptibility to infections. Regular blood tests are required to check your blood cells along with heart, liver, and blood uric acid levels. You must have to inform your doctor if you experience breathlessness, cough, shivering, swelling of legs and arm.

Many other medicines can affect, or be affected by, this medicine so let your healthcare team know all medications you are using. This medicine is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. The use of effective contraception by both males and females during treatment is important to avoid pregnancy.

Uses of Herclon Injection

Benefits of Herclon Injection

In Breast cancer

Herclon Injection is used to treat breast cancer when other medicines have failed to show significant improvement. It helps to stop cancer growth and further spread and relieves the symptoms of breast cancer such as breast lumps, bloody discharge from nipple or changes in the shape or texture of the breast. This medicine is given as an injection by a doctor or nurse. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get the most benefit.

In Stomach cancer

Stomach cancer also known as gastric cancer, may occur in the inner lining (called mucosa) of the stomach or in the walls of the stomach. These are of various kinds depending on the origin, affected area and severity of the cancer. Herclon Injection helps to kill the cancer cells and also stops their further growth and spread. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get the most benefit.

Side effects of Herclon Injection

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Herclon

  • Anemia (low number of red blood cells)
  • Chills
  • Common cold
  • Cough
  • Decreased blood cells (red cells, white cells, and platelets)
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Heart failure
  • Infection
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Mucosal inflammation
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Stomatitis (Inflammation of the mouth)
  • Taste change
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Weight loss

How to use Herclon Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Herclon Injection works

Herclon Injection is a recombinant IgG1 monoclonal antibody. It works against the HER2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor protein) receptors which are responsible for the over-proliferation of cancer cells in breast cancer and stomach cancer cells. It destroys the cancer cells by inhibiting HER2. It also inhibits various cancer-causing downstream signaling pathways.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Herclon Injection may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Herclon Injection is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Herclon Injection is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether Herclon Injection alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Herclon Injection is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Herclon Injection may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Herclon Injection in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Herclon Injection?

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

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Quick Tips

  • It is given as an injection into your vein or under the skin, usually over 1 hour.
  • Use effective contraception method to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine and for 7 months after you stop the treatment. 
  • Your doctor will monitor your heart regularly while taking this medicine. Inform your doctor if you notice symptoms such as breathlessness, cough, shivering, swelling of legs and arm.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Monoclonal antibody (mAb)
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
ANTI NEOPLASTICS

Patient Concerns

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If any symtom of brest cancer if have whats the cure
Dr. Sanjay Singh Rai
Medical Oncology and Hematology
First is confirmation of breast cancerChance of cure depends on stage of cancer
BREAST CANCER , PET REPORT SAYS INFECTION IN SKELETON.
Dr. Sanjay Singh Rai
Medical Oncology and Hematology
Metastatic breast cancer, send me previous treatment details
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FAQs

Q. What are the serious side effects of Herclon Injection?

There are various side effects related to Herclon Injection such as sore throat, fever, chills, excessive tiredness, pale skin, nosebleeds, and other unusual bruising or bleeding. One can also experience stomach pain, seizures, hallucinations, muscle cramps, and spasms. Along with that, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, rapid heart beat, discoloration of urine; decreased amount of urine, difficulty in urinating, pain when urinating, and other signs of infection can also be observed with the use of Herclon Injection. You should call your doctor immediately if you notice any such symptoms.

Q. How long after Herclon Injection therapy can I get pregnant?

Women of child-bearing age should use effective contraception during Herclon Injection therapy and for 7 months after completing the treatment. You can plan your pregnancy after 7 months of treatment with Herclon Injection.

Q. How long should Herclon Injection be taken?

Patients with early breast cancer should take Herclon Injection for 1 year or until disease recurs, whichever occurs first. It is not advised to extend the treatment beyond 1 year in patients of early breast cancer.

Q. Is fasting required before administering Herclon Injection?

No, fasting is not required before administering Herclon Injection. It should be given under the guidance of a doctor who is experienced in giving cancer chemotherapy and should be given only by a healthcare professional.

Q. How is Herclon Injection given, intravenously or intramuscularly?

There are 2 different formulations available for administration of Herclon Injection, one is given as an infusion into a vein (intravenous infusion) and the other is given as an injection under the skin (subcutaneous injection). It is important to check the product labels to ensure that the correct formulation is being given as prescribed. Herclon Injection intravenous formulation is not for subcutaneous use and should be given as an intravenous infusion only. Your doctor may consider switching your Herclon Injection intravenous treatment to Herclon Injection subcutaneous treatment (and vice versa) if considered appropriate for you.

Q. Can Herclon Injection be given to HER2 negative cancer patients?

No, Herclon Injection cannot be given in patients with HER2 negative cancer cells. Herclon Injection belongs to class of monoclonal antibody. It binds selectively to a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). HER2 is found, in large amounts, on the surface of some cancer cells. When Herclon Injection binds to HER2, it stops the growth and spread of the cancer cells. Therefore, it is only effective in HER2 positive patients (in which HER2 is present) and will not be beneficial for HER2 negative patients (in which HER2 is not present).

Q. Why has my doctor advised for investigations of heart?

Herclon Injection when used with anthracycline class of anti-cancer medicines (eg doxorubicin) may adversely affect your heart. Hence, your doctor needs to check the health of your heart initially before starting treatment and during treatment.

Q. How frequently heart investigations are required?

Heart investigations should be performed at the starting of the treatment. It should be repeated every 3 months during treatment and every 6 months after the discontinuation of treatment until 24 months from the last administration of Herclon Injection. Those patients who already have heart-related problems will require investigations every 12 weeks.

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