When and How to Receive ItSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Vectibix include the following:
- This medication comes as a liquid (solution) that is given as a slow injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, infusion) every 14 days.
- It normally takes 60 to 90 minutes to receive each Vectibix dose. Your healthcare provider may need to slow down or temporarily stop your dose if you experience a reaction during the infusion (an infusion reaction).
- The infusion will be given by a trained healthcare provider in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic.
- For this drug to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. The medication will not work as well if you miss doses.
Dosing InformationThe dose of Vectibix your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on:
- Your weight
- Side effects you experience.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Vectibix Dosage for more information.)
Side Effects of VectibixJust like any medicine, Vectibix can cause side effects. Although not everyone who receives the drug will experience problems, most people will develop some type of side effect during Vectibix treatment.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Vectibix include but are not limited to:
- Skin reactions, such as a rash, itching, and redness
- Low blood magnesium levels (hypomagnesemia)
- Infections of the fingernails and toenails
- Abdominal (stomach) pain.
(Click Vectibix Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)