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Avastin Alternatives

(bevacizumab)

Prescription onlyClass: Cancer
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These medications are comparable to Avastin (bevacizumab) or used for similar purposes.

Avastin
(bevacizumab)

Afinitor
(everolimus)

Treats several types of cancers. 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.Coming soon.
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Side effects
AvastinAfinitor
  • Abdominal pain 6%
  • Pain 6%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Upper airway infection 8%
  • Decreased appetite 13%
  • Constipation 12%
  • Protein in urine 12%
  • Nosebleed 25%
  • Hair loss 6%
  • Swelling and sores in mouth 14%
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We haven’t found good data for Afinitor side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Afinitor »
How it works
AvastinAfinitor
Avastin (bevacizumab) is a monoclonal antibody. It cuts the blood supply to tumors and stops the growth of cancer.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AvastinAfinitor
Prescription only
Available as
AvastinAfinitor
  • Injection
  • Pill
Used for
AvastinAfinitor
  • Angiomyolipoma Of Kidney Tuberous Sclerosis Syndrome
Risk factors for serious side effects
AvastinAfinitor
  • First 50 days after starting Avastin (bevacizumab)
  • Taking other blood-thinning drugs
  • History of blood clot in the artery
  • Diabetes
  • More than 65 years old
Detailed Avastin (bevacizumab) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Kidneys and liver
    AvastinAfinitor
    • Treats certain types of brain, cervical, colorectal, lung, and kidney cancers.
    • If you have heart or kidney problems, Avastin (bevacizumab) may increase your risk of side effects.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    AvastinAfinitor
    • While the risk is low, Avastin (bevacizumab) can increase your risk of serious blood clots leading to stroke, heart attack and angina. Call your doctor right away and get medical care if you have chest pain or pressure, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, trouble speaking or swallowing, or swelling, warmth, numbness, color change, or pain in a leg or arm.
    • Avastin (bevacizumab) can increase your risk of getting a blood clot. Call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away if you have chest pain or pressure, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, trouble speaking or swallowing, or swelling/warmth/numbness/color change/pain in a leg or arm.
    • Avastin (bevacizumab) can increase chances of infection. Talk to your doctor right away if you have a fever, chills, flu-like signs, bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, increased sputum or change in color, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or a wound that will not heal. Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    AvastinAfinitor
    • In studies, taking Avastin (bevacizumab) extended lives in the treatment of different types of cancers compared to people not taking Avastin (bevacizumab).
    • The first drug in its class to be approved by the FDA that was shown to slow tumor growth and extend lives.
    • Treats certain types of brain, cervical, colorectal, lung, and kidney cancers.
    • Avastin (bevacizumab) is first-choice treatment for lung cancer (NSCLC) and colorectal cancer (metastatic, taken with chemotherapy), and second-choice treatment for other cancers.
    • Avastin (bevacizumab) is typically given every 2 to 3 weeks and can be given along with other chemotherapy during the same visit.
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    Downsides and risks
    AvastinAfinitor
    • If you have heart or kidney problems, Avastin (bevacizumab) may increase your risk of side effects.
    • It may take longer for you to heal. Avastin (bevacizumab) shouldn't be used for 28 days before and after surgery.
    • Avastin (bevacizumab) can cause blood clots and bleeding.
    • Avastin (bevacizumab) in some cases can damage the ovaries. Talk to your doctor before starting Avastin (bevacizumab) if you're pregnant or planning for pregnancy.
    • There's no generic available so it can be expensive.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    AvastinAfinitor
    • Avastin (bevacizumab) can increase your risk of getting a blood clot. Call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away if you have chest pain or pressure, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, trouble speaking or swallowing, or swelling/warmth/numbness/color change/pain in a leg or arm.
    • You can get serious bleeding while you're taking Avastin (bevacizumab). Go to the emergency room right away if you have unusual bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop easily (including coughing up blood, black stools, bloody urine, nosebleed, or vaginal bleeding).
    • You and your partner should use birth control during treatment and for 6 months after the final dose of Avastin (bevacizumab).
    • Avastin (bevacizumab) can increase chances of infection. Talk to your doctor right away if you have a fever, chills, flu-like signs, bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, increased sputum or change in color, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or a wound that will not heal. Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines.
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