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Nimotuzumab is used in combination with chemo therapy and radiation therapy for the treatment of squamous cell cancer of head and neck.

How it works

Nimotuzumab belongs to class of drugs called monoclonal antibodies. It inhibits the growth and survival of cancer cells.

Common side effects

Chills, Dizziness, Fever, Headache, Increased blood pressure, Fluctuating blood pressure, Itching, Inflammation of the moist tissue that lines several parts of the body, Rash, Weakness


Expert advice

• Seek immediate medication attention if you develop any allergic reactions.
• Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Patients allergic to nimotuzumab or any of its ingredients should not take it.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)