Introduction to Hertraz 440 mg Injection
Hertraz 440mg Injection contains Trastuzumab which belongs to the group of medicines called Anticancer drugs. It is used to treat breast cancer and stomach cancer. It can be used either alone or in combination with other Anti-cancer drugs (such as paclitaxel, cisplatin, docetaxel, 5-fluorouracil, capecitabine) or hormonal drugs (such as tamoxifen, anastrozole) to achieve better results.
Hertraz 440mg Injection will be administered to you only by an oncologist or by a trained professional into your vein or beneath the skin. It is suitable for use in patients with high levels of human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER2) or hormone receptor positive metastatic breast cancer (cancer this is more sensitive for hormonal changes).
Before receiving Hertraz 440mg Injection inform your doctor if you have any heart problems (such as heart attack, heart valve disease, or abnormal heartbeat). You must also inform your doctor if you have hypertension as a precaution.
Hertraz 440mg Injection is not recommended for use in patients with breathing difficulties. It is also not suitable for use in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Both men and women receiving Hertraz 440mg Injection must use a suitable contraceptive method to avoid pregnancy while undergoing therapy with Hertraz 440mg Injection.
The most common side effects of receiving this medicine are increased infections, sore throat, mouth ulcers, skin rashes, nausea, stomach upset, lack of sleep, weight loss, tingling and numbness of hands and feet, muscle pain, joint pain, hair loss, shakiness and increased sweating. Consult your doctor if any of these side effect worsens.
Uses of Hertraz 440 mg
- Breast cancer (early and advanced)
- Stomach cancer (advanced)
How Does Hertraz 440 Works
Hertraz 440mg Injection is a monoclonal antibody. It works by blocking the actions of certain cellular proteins (HER2) that triggers cancer cell formation. It also blocks various downstream cell signalling pathways that triggers cancer growth within the body. As a result, it reduces cancer formation and prevents its further growth within the body.
Side Effects of Hertraz 440
Common Side Effects
- Increased infections
- Low RBC, WBC and platelet counts in blood
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, constipation, indigestion
- Mouth ulcers, sore throat
- Hair loss
- Bladder infection
- Headache, dizziness, tiredness, weakness
- Liver inflammation, weight loss, lack of appetite
- Pain, numbness, tingling sensation of hands and feet
- Restlessness, problems in falling asleep, anxiety, depression
- Flushing (skin redness), skin rash or itching, acne
- Eye inflammation, dry eyes or watery eyes
- Shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal itching and repeated sneezing
- Increased sweating, night sweats
- Muscle pain, joint pain, back pain, neck pain
- Tremors (shakiness)
- Swelling of the hands or ankles
- Breast inflammation
- Haemorrhoids, leg pain
- Muscle problems
Dosage of Hertraz 440 mg
Hertraz 440 mg Injection contains an active ingredient, Trastuzumab, which is used in the treatment of breast cancer and stomach cancer. This medicine is available in various strengths and substitutes & must be given on doctor’s prescription only. You should consult your doctor for dosage and time because age and severity of the disease differ from person to person and it can only be judged by your doctor.
Adults are advised to take Hertraz 440 mg Injection at a fixed time with or without food as instructed by your Doctor. You must take this medicine regularly on time for better results.
Other Dosages of Hertraz 440mg
How to Manage Side Effects
- Consult with Healthcare Professional
- Follow Dosage Instructions
- Pre-medication for Infusion Reactions
- Monitor for Allergic Reactions
- Managing Infusion-Related Reactions
Warning & Precautions
- Liver/kidney disease
- You must undergo biopsy test during Trastuzumab treatment to check the effect of Trastuzumab
- It is recommended to test the over expression of human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2) before the administration of this medicine is initiated
- Regular monitoring of blood cell components is recommended while this medicine is being administered
- You should not drive or operate machinery while taking this medicine as it may cause dizziness
- You must always consult your doctor immediately to get best possible treatment when you are suffering from any of the above mentioned conditions.
- Administered by Healthcare Professionals
- Medical History Disclosure
- Monitoring During Infusion
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
- Cardiac Function Monitoring
- Avoid Live Vaccines
- Interactions with Other Medications
- Regular Follow-up
- Do Not Self-Administer
- Report Adverse Events
- Compliance with Treatment Plan
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the serious side effects of Hertraz 440mg Injection?
Ans. There are various side effects related to Hertraz 440mg 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 Hertraz 440mg Injection. You should call your doctor immediately if you notice any such symptoms.
2. How long after Hertraz 440mg Injection therapy can I get pregnant?
Ans. Women of child-bearing age should use effective contraception during Hertraz 440mg Injection therapy and for 7 months after completing the treatment. You can plan your pregnancy after 7 months of treatment with Hertraz 440mg Injection.
3. How long should Hertraz 440mg Injection be taken?
Ans. Patients with early breast cancer should take Hertraz 440mg 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.
4. Is fasting required before administering Hertraz 440mg Injection?
Ans. No, fasting is not required before administering Hertraz 440mg 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.