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Panitumumab

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Vectibix® Cancer-related

Panitumumab - What is it for

​Panitumumab is a monoclonal antibody which targets a certain type of protein on the surface of cancer cells to control their growth.

Panitumumab - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Panitumumab cause?

During infusion

Please alert the nurse if you experience any of the following symptoms during infusion:

  • Itch, rashes, fever, chills and rigors, shortness of breath 

Other possible side effects

  • Acne-like rash may appear within the first 2 weeks of treatment, most frequently on the face, upper chest and back. The rash tends to resolve over time following cessation of treatment.
    Avoid or limit sun exposure as sunlight can exacerbate skin reactions.
  • Dry skin, itch and nail changes 
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Fatigue

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Skin rash or unusual redness
  • Nail infection (red, swollen and tender nail folds, with or without pus)
  • Excessive diarrhea persisting more than 24 hours or unresolved with anti-diarrheal medication
  • Signs of low magnesium levels (e.g. severe fatigue, irritability, numbness or tingling sensation, cramps, abnormal heart beat)
  • Shortness of breath, worsening or persistent cough

Before taking Panitumumab, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Panitumumab?

Panitumumab - Dosage and How to Use

How should Panitumumab be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Panitumumab - Handling

How should I handle Panitumumab safely?

Panitumumab - Storage

How should I store Panitumumab?

How should I dispose of Panitumumab safely?

Panitumumab - Additional Information

  • Updated on Friday, October 13, 2017
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy National Cancer Centre Singapore

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