Ziv-aflibercept - injection
Ziv-aflibercept - injection
This medication may cause serious (possibly fatal) bleeding, including bleeding from the stomach or intestines. It may also rarely cause a hole to open in the stomach or intestines (gastrointestinal perforation). You should not receive this medication if you have any serious bleeding problems. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of these serious side effects, including prolonged bleeding from cuts or gums, persistent/frequent nosebleeds, pink/dark urine, unusual/easy bruising, bloody or black/tarry stools, persistent or severe stomach/abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, dizziness/fainting, unusual or persistent tiredness/weakness, severe headache.
This medication may also cause wounds to heal slowly or poorly. Tell your doctor right away if you have wounds that are not healing well. You should not receive this medication for at least 4 weeks before and after a major surgery and until the wound from the surgery is fully healed.
Ziv-aflibercept is used to treat cancer of the colon and rectum.
This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. It is given as directed by your doctor, usually every 2 weeks. The medication is injected slowly into a vein over 1 hour.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, and response to treatment.
You should receive this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark your calendar to keep track of when to receive the next dose.
See also Warning section.
Diarrhea, headache, mouth pain/sores, runny nose, voice changes, weight loss, weakness, tiredness, or darkening of the skin may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including:
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including:
This medication may lower your ability to fight infections. This may make you more likely to get a serious infection or make any infection you have worse. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection (such as fever, chills, persistent sore throat, cough).
This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high. Your doctor may control your blood pressure with medication.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:
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See also Warning section.
Before receiving ziv-aflibercept, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to aflibercept; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
Before having surgery or any medical procedure, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Ziv-aflibercept can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Therefore, wash your hands well to prevent the spread of infection. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.
Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose).
To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use caution with sharp objects like razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, and weakness.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Therefore, it is important to prevent pregnancy (in female patients and female partners of male patients) while using this medication and for 3 months after stopping treatment. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss using reliable forms of birth control (such as condoms, birth control pills) while using this medication. If you or your partner become pregnant or if you think you or your partner may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Ziv-aflibercept is very similar to aflibercept. Do not use ziv-aflibercept while using the form of aflibercept that is also given by injection into a vein.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as blood pressure, urine protein test, complete blood count, liver function) should be performed regularly to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule.
Not applicable. This medication is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
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Information last revised January 2019.
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