Brand Name(s): Erbitux
Drug Class: epidermal growth factor inhibitor
Treats: head and neck cancer
Cetuximab is a drug that belongs to the epidermal growth factor inhibitor class of drugs used to treat head and neck cancer. It is also considered a monoclonal antibody, also referred to as targeted therapies. This is because they function by targeting certain proteins or receptors located on the surface of body cells. Most pharmacists refer to it by its brand name, Erbitux.
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Cetuximab is used primarily to treat head and neck cancer, which can spread beyond their points of origin and metastasize if not treated properly. Cetuximab is generally administered under the supervision of a doctor.
Below you will find the different uses for Cetuximab:
- Head and neck cancer
Cetuximab dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional's directions carefully for best results.
- 400-mg/m preliminary dose closely followed by 250 mg/m after 7 days
Cetuximab Side Effects
Cetuximab, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. When you first begin taking Cetuximab, watch yourself carefully for any worrying reactions. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Below is a list of known side effects. Note that this list is not complete.
Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that interact with Cetuximab. As with all drugs, before taking Cetuximab, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication. Note that this list is not complete.