How it works
Common side effects
- 3 variant(s)
- Administration of anti-allergy medication including steroids is mandatory at least one hour before cetuximab infusion.
- Caution is to be observed while driving or using machinery after taking Cetuximab.
- Cetuximab may also adversely affect skin and eyes with symptoms like blurred vision, eye pain and dry eye.
- Frequent monitoring for infections and levels of white blood cells is required, if cetuximab is given with certain other anti-cancer drugs (platinum compounds like cisplatin, carboplatin, oxaliplatin).
- There is increased risk of occurrence of heart problems if cetuximab is given with certain other anti-cancer drugs (fluoropyrimidines like capecitabine, fluorouracil).
- Caution is to be observed in case of administering cetuximab to elderly patient with heart problems.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is cetuximab a chemotherapy drug?
Cetuximab is a cytotoxic drug that is used in the chemotherapy of cancers of colon and rectum, and head-neck cancers
Q. Is cetuximab cytotoxic agent or vesicant or radiosensitizer?
It is not a radiosensitizer, but usually used in combination with radiotherapy to treat the cancers. It is not a vesicant (irritant)
Q. Is cetuximab US FDA approved?
Yes, cetuximab is approved by US FDA in 2009 to treat certain type of cancer of colon, rectum and head-neck cancer
Q. How is cetuximab administered?
Cetuximab is generally administered by intravenous (IV infusion) route, with or without radiotherapy
Q. Does cetuximab cause hair loss?
Yes. Cetuximab is a chemotherapy agent, which may cause hair loss. Please consult your doctor if you experience such side effect
Q. Why does cetuximab cause a rash?
Cetuximab may cause rashes
Q. How long does the rash last?
The duration of skin rash depends upon its type and severity. Please consult your doctor for advice.