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Avastin

(Bevacizumab)

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Treats certain types of cancers.

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Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Avastin (Bevacizumab) is an effective, first-line option when used together with other medicines for certain types of cancers, but it has to be given in a clinic or hospital and it has many severe side effects.

  • In studies, taking Avastin (Bevacizumab) with other chemotherapy (anti-cancer) medicines extended the lives of people with certain types of cancers better than not taking Avastin (Bevacizumab).
  • Treats brain, cervical, colorectal, lung, and kidney cancers.
  • Avastin (Bevacizumab) is used as a first- or second-line choice along with other medicines for certain types of cancers.
  • Avastin (Bevacizumab) is typically given every 2 to 3 weeks and can be given along with other chemotherapy (anti-cancer) medicines during the same visit.
  • Not the best choice if you have heart or kidney problems.
  • Avastin (Bevacizumab) can damage the ovaries. Talk to your doctor before starting Avastin (Bevacizumab) if you're concerned about getting pregnant.
  • It may take longer for you to heal. Avastin (Bevacizumab) shouldn't be used for 28 days before and after surgery.
  • There's no generic available and it can be very expensive.

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Side effects for Avastin (Bevacizumab)

From clinical trials of Avastin / Colorectal cancer ( 200)

  • Abdominal painAbdominal pain61% for Avastin vs.55% for placebo
  • PainPain61% for Avastin vs.55% for placebo
  • VomitingVomiting52% for Avastin vs.47% for placebo
  • Upper respiratory infectionUpper respiratory infection47% for Avastin vs.39% for placebo
  • Loss of appetiteLoss of appetite43% for Avastin vs.30% for placebo
  • ConstipationConstipation40% for Avastin vs.28% for placebo
  • Low white blood cellsLow white blood cells37% for Avastin vs.31% for placebo
  • ProteinuriaProteinuria36% for Avastin vs.24% for placebo
  • NosebleedNosebleed35% for Avastin vs.10% for placebo
  • NosebleedNosebleed35% for Avastin vs.10% for placebo

What to expect when you take Avastin (Bevacizumab)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Avastin (Bevacizumab) is a medicine that’s infused into your veins (intravenous infusion) in a clinic or hospital.
  • You’ll need to be watched in case you have a serious reaction during the first infusion.
  • Your blood pressure may go up while you're taking Avastin (Bevacizumab). Check your blood pressure regularly (every 2 to 3 weeks) and talk to your doctor if there are any changes.
  • You may bleed more easily while you're taking Avastin (Bevacizumab). Be careful and watch for unusual bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop easily.
  • If you're a female, you should avoid getting pregnant while taking Avastin (Bevacizumab) and for at least 6 months after you stop taking it.
  • Talk to your doctor before getting a vaccine. While you're taking Avastin (Bevacizumab), the vaccine may not work as well or you might increase your chance of getting sick.

Risks and Warnings for Avastin (Bevacizumab)

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  • Avastin (Bevacizumab) can cause a hole to develop in your stomach or intestine. Talk to your doctor if you experience pain in your abdomen, nausea, vomiting, constipation, or fever.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Avastin (Bevacizumab)

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  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Not the best choice if you have heart or kidney problems.
  • Treats brain, cervical, colorectal, lung, and kidney cancers.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Avastin (Bevacizumab) can cause kidney problems due to too much protein in your urine. Talk to your doctor about getting regular kidney tests while taking Avastin (Bevacizumab).