Perjeta

Generic Name: pertuzumab (per-TOOZ-ue-mab)
Brand Name: Perjeta

Perjeta may cause serious harm to the fetus if used during pregnancy. If you are able to become pregnant, you must use an effective form of birth control while you use Perjeta and for 6 months after you stop using it. If you have questions about effective birth control, talk with your doctor. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away.


Perjeta is used for:

Treating certain types of breast cancer that have spread to other areas of the body. Perjeta is used in combination with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Perjeta is a monoclonal antibody. It works by targeting certain tumor cells and stopping them from growing and reproducing.

Do NOT use Perjeta if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Perjeta

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Slideshow: Flashback: FDA Drug Approvals 2013

Before using Perjeta:

Some medical conditions may interact with Perjeta. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are able to become pregnant
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had a reaction (eg, rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; shortness of breath; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; wheezing) to a previous dose of Perjeta
  • if you have a history of breathing or lung problems, heart problems (eg, heart failure, recent heart attack, irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, kidney problems, chronic infections, or low white blood cell counts
  • if you have had previous treatment with a certain type of chemotherapy called an anthracycline (eg, doxorubicin) or you have received radiation treatment

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Perjeta. However, no specific interactions with Perjeta are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Perjeta may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Perjeta:

Use Perjeta as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Perjeta is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • Do not use Perjeta if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Perjeta, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Perjeta.

Important safety information:

  • Perjeta may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Perjeta with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Perjeta may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • Some patients may experience an infusion reaction with Perjeta. Symptoms may include chills, fever, headache, muscle pain, nausea, taste changes, tiredness, vomiting, or weakness. Tell your doctor if you notice these or other unusual effects while you use Perjeta.
  • A more severe infusion reaction may sometimes occur with Perjeta. Tell your doctor right away if you notice fainting; new or worsening shortness of breath; trouble breathing; rash; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat; severe dizziness or light-headedness; unusual hoarseness; or wheezing.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Perjeta before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Do not receive a live vaccine (eg, measles, mumps) while you are taking Perjeta. Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine.
  • Women who may become pregnant should have a negative pregnancy test before they start to take Perjeta. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • If you are able to become pregnant, you must use an effective form of birth control while you use Perjeta and for 6 months after you stop using it. If you have questions about effective birth control, talk with your doctor.
  • Lab tests, including heart function and HER2 protein testing, may be performed while you use Perjeta. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Perjeta with caution in Asian patients; they may be at an increased risk for decreased ability to fight infection.
  • Perjeta should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Perjeta may cause harm to the fetus. Do not become pregnant while you are using it and for 6 months after you stop using it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if Perjeta is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Perjeta.

Possible side effects of Perjeta:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Change in taste; diarrhea; dizziness; dry skin; fingernail or toenail changes; hair loss; headache; loss of appetite; mild muscle or joint pain; nausea; nose, sinus, or throat irritation; runny or stuffy nose; tiredness; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue); burning, numbness, or tingling; fainting; new or worsening shortness of breath or trouble breathing; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; pain, swelling, or sores of the mouth or tongue; severe or persistent dizziness or light-headedness; skin or nail infection (eg, skin discharge, redness, swelling, or warmth); sudden, unexplained weight gain; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; symptoms of infection (eg, fever, chills, persistent sore throat); unusual tiredness or weakness; wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Perjeta:

Perjeta is handled and stored by a health care provider. Keep Perjeta out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Perjeta, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Perjeta is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Perjeta or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Perjeta. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Perjeta. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Perjeta.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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