IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Possible serious side effects
Everyone reacts differently to ZIRABEV therapy, so it's important to know what the side effects are. ZIRABEV may cause serious side effects that can be life-threatening. Your doctor will stop treatment if any serious side effects occur. Be sure to contact your healthcare team if there are any signs of these side effects.
Most serious side effects (not common, but sometimes fatal):
- GI perforation. A hole that develops in your stomach or intestine. Symptoms include pain in your abdomen, nausea, vomiting, constipation, or fever
- Wounds that don't heal. A cut made during surgery can be slow to heal or may not fully heal. ZIRABEV should not be used for at least 28 days before or after surgery and until surgical wounds are fully healed
- Serious bleeding. This includes vomiting or coughing up blood; bleeding in the stomach, brain, or spinal cord; nosebleeds; and vaginal bleeding. If you recently coughed up blood or had serious bleeding, be sure to tell your doctor
Other possible serious side effects
- Abnormal passage in the body. This type of passage—known as a fistula—is an irregular connection from one part of the body to another and can sometimes be fatal
- Severe high blood pressure. Blood pressure that severely spikes or shows signs of affecting the brain. Blood pressure should be monitored every 2 to 3 weeks while on ZIRABEV and after stopping treatment
- Kidney problems. These may be caused by too much protein in the urine and can sometimes be fatal
- Infusion-related reactions. These were uncommon with the first dose of bevacizumab (less than 3% of patients); 0.2% of patients had severe reactions. Infusion reactions include high blood pressure or severe high blood pressure that may lead to stroke, trouble breathing, decreased oxygen in red blood cells, a serious allergic reaction, chest pain, headache, tremors, and excessive sweating. Your doctor or nurse will monitor you for signs of infusion reactions
- Severe stroke or heart problems. These may include blood clots, mini-stroke, heart attack, chest pain, and your heart may become too weak to pump blood to other parts of your body (congestive heart failure). These can sometimes be fatal
- Nervous system and vision problems. Signs include headache, seizure, high blood pressure, sluggishness, confusion, and blindness
Side effects seen most often
In clinical studies across different types of cancer, some patients treated with bevacizumab experienced the following side effects:
- High blood pressure
- Too much protein in the urine
- Rectal bleeding
- Back pain
- Taste change
- Dry skin
- Inflammation of the skin
- Inflammation of the nose
- Watery eyes
ZIRABEV is not for everyone.
Talk to your doctor if you are:
- Undergoing surgery. ZIRABEV should not be used for 28 days before or after surgery and until surgical wounds are fully healed
- Pregnant, think you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. Data have shown that bevacizumab products may harm your unborn baby. Use birth control while on ZIRABEV. If you stop ZIRABEV, you should keep using birth control for 6 months before trying to become pregnant. Taking bevacizumab products could cause a woman's ovaries to stop working and may impair her ability to have children. Breastfeeding while on bevacizumab products may harm your baby therefore women should not breastfeed during and for 6 months after taking ZIRABEV
Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
ZIRABEV is approved to treat metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) for:
- First- or second-line treatment in combination with intravenous fluorouracil-based chemotherapy
- Second-line treatment when used with fluoropyrimidine-based (combined with irinotecan or oxaliplatin) chemotherapy after cancer progresses following a first-line treatment that includes a bevacizumab product
ZIRABEV is not approved for use after the primary treatment of colon cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body.
Non—Small Cell Lung Cancer
ZIRABEV, in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, is approved to treat advanced non–squamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in people who have not received chemotherapy for their advanced disease.
ZIRABEV is approved to treat glioblastoma (GBM) in adult patients whose cancer has progressed after prior treatment (recurrent or rGBM).
Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma
ZIRABEV, used with interferon alfa, is approved to treat metastatic kidney cancer (mRCC).
Persistent, Recurrent, or Metastatic Cervical Cancer
ZIRABEV, in combination with paclitaxel and cisplatin or paclitaxel and topotecan, is approved to treat persistent, recurrent, or metastatic cancer of the cervix.
If you have any questions about your condition or treatment, talk to your doctor.
Patients should always ask their doctors for medical advice about adverse events.
You may report an adverse event related to Pfizer products by calling 1-800-438-1985 (US only). If you prefer, you may contact the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directly. The FDA has established a reporting service known as MedWatch where healthcare professionals and consumers can report serious problems they suspect may be associated with the drugs and medical devices they prescribe, dispense, or use. Visit MedWatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see Full Prescribing Information for additional Important Safety Information.
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